Matias D. Cattaneo

Matias Cattaneo

Matias D. Cattaneo

Professor, ORFE
Associated Faculty, SPIA
Associated Faculty, Economics
Associated Faculty, PLAS
Affiliated Faculty, AI at Princeton
Affiliated Faculty, CSML


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 School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), the Department of Economics, and the Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS), and an Affiliated Faculty in the AI at Princeton initiative, and the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning (CSML). His research spans econometrics, statistics, data science, and decision science, with applications to program evaluation and causal inference. Most of his work is interdisciplinary and motivated by quantitative problems in the social, behavioral, and biomedical sciences. As part of his main research agenda, he has developed novel nonparametric, semiparametric, high-dimensional, and machine learning estimation and inference procedures with demonstrably superior robustness to tuning parameter and other implementation choices.

Matias is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the International Association for Applied Econometrics. He serves in the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Econometrica, Operations Research, Statistical Science, the Econometrics Journal, the Journal of Econometrics, Econometric Theory, and the Journal of Causal Inference. In addition, Matias is an Amazon Scholar, and has advised several governmental, multilateral, non-profit, and for-profit organizations around the world.

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 University in 2019, he was a faculty member in the departments of economics and statistics at the University of Michigan.

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