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Karim Chalak is Professor of Econometrics at the University of Manchester. His research areas are econometric theory, applied econometrics, and causal inference.

Karim’s works develop methods for causal inference in environments in which agents interact under uncertainty, and for the identification and estimation of causal effects when data on key variables are omitted or measured with error. He has applied these new econometric methods in various contexts, including to measure the financial return to education and the black-white wage gap; the returns to college selectivity and characteristics; the effects of cash flow on the investment, saving, and debt of corporate firms; and the relation between the rates of firearm ownership and homicide. Karim’s publications appear in journals including Econometric Theory, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Machine Learning Research, Journal of Public Economics, Neural Computation, and Quantitative Economics.

Prior to joining the University of Manchester, Karim served on the faculty of Boston College, the University of Virginia, and the University of Montreal, and held visiting positions at Harvard University, Yale University, the University of Oxford, and University College London. He received a B.A. with high distinction from the American University of Beirut and a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.

You may find a link to Karim’s CV here.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Essays on the Definition, Identification, and Estimation of Causal Effects, University of California,San Diego

Award Date: 15 Jun 2007


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