Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering

(Princeton University)


Matias D. Cattaneo is a Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering (ORFE) at Princeton University, where he is also an Associated Faculty in the Department of Economics, the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning (CSML), and the Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS). His research spans econometrics, statistics, data science and decision science, with particular interest in program evaluation and causal inference. Most of his work is interdisciplinary and motivated by quantitative problems in the social, behavioral and biomedical sciences, extending across treatment effect and policy evaluation, applied economics, machine learning, empirical finance and decision theory, among other topics. As part of his main research agenda, Matias has developed novel semi-/non-parametric inference procedures exhibiting demonstrably superior robustness properties with respect to tuning parameter and other implementation choices. He currently serves in the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Statistical AssociationEconometricaOperations Research, the Journal of Business & Economic StatisticsEconometric Theory, the Econometrics Journal, and the Journal of Causal Inference.

Matias earned a Ph.D. in Economics in 2008 and an M.A. in Statistics in 2005 from the University of California at Berkeley. He also completed an M.A. in Economics at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in 2003 and a B.A. in Economics at Universidad de Buenos Aires in 2000. Prior to joining Princeton in 2019, he was a faculty member in the departments of economics and statistics at the University of Michigan for eleven years.

Matias was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is married to Rocio Titiunik, and they have two daughters.