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Professor Joel L. Horowitz - The Nomination for an Honorary Doctorate

Berlin, 10 June 2014


Spandauer Str. 1
10178 Berlin


16:00 Ulrich Kamecke, Wolfgang Karl Härdle: Official Welcome Address
16:15 Joel L. Horowitz: "What Is Econometrics (and How Is It Related to Statistics)?"

Professor Joel L. Horowitz, Ph.D., Northwestern University, Illinois, USA

The nomination of Joel L. Horowitz for an Honorary Doctorate is motivated by the excellent quality of his publications and the interdisciplinary nature of his scientific philosophy and research. He is one of the very best scientists in his field, both in his home country and internationally. This is evident through his first-rate list of publications which have appeared in high-ranking internationally recognised journals.

The candidate’s research is known internationally, and it is equally relevant in its theory and in its practice. The candidate’s dual disciplines as a physicist and an econometrician make him a highly qualified scientist with a very broad spectrum of skills. He is highly regarded simultaneously, as an econometrician, statistician, mathematician, and business economist.

Joel Horowitz’s major contributions to his field include: discrete-response modelling for transportation systems analysis and marketing, nonparametric and semiparametric models in economics and econometrics, bootstrap methods for econometric models and their applications, methods for the analysis of duration or survival data, methods for finding and estimating identified bounds in partially identified models, nonparametric instrumental variables estimation and related inverse problems in econometrics and statistics, methods for estimating demand functions and other econometric models under shape restrictions derived from economic theory, and estimation of high-dimensional models in economics and biomedical fields. His applied research includes travel-demand modelling, models of housing markets, analysis of markets for illegal drugs, and analysis of the relation between gun ownership and the incidence of violent crime.

Joel Horowitz’s research on the use of the bootstrap in econometrics has been especially influential internationally. He is the leading expert in this area. His research on this topic is widely cited. He has taught courses and given lectures on bootstrap methods in econometrics at conferences and universities in numerous countries, including Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Joel Horowitz has been a regular visitor to our alma mater since 1992. He helped to prepare the proposal for SFB 373 "Quantifikation und Simulation Ökonomischer Prozesse", and he participated in the midterm review of that SFB in 2002. He was a participant and speaker at the workshops that the SFB 373 held each year. He is winner of the Alexander von Humboldt Prize for Senior U.S. Scientists and was the first Hermann Otto Hirschfeld lecturer 2003. He was also a special featured lecturer at the Paris-Berlin Seminar organized jointly by ENSAE, Paris and the SFB 373 in 1996 and published a book based on these lectures. He was an invited speaker at the conference "Quantile Regression: Theory and Practice" that was held at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2010. He was also an invited speaker at the conference in honor of the 200th anniversary of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

He is co-author of many high quality papers that he published with colleagues from our faculty and continues to do joint research with Professor Volodija Spokoiny. Joel Horowitz and Wolfgang Härdle have originated and co-organized several conferences at the Research Centre Oberwolfach. In 2006, he was a member of the committee to fill the position of Professor of Econometrics at the School of Business and Economics.

Joel Horowitz has served on many government advisory committees and in editorial positions of leading journals in econometrics.

Joel Horowitz has been a recipient of several major honours, including the Alexander von Humboldt Prize for Senior U.S. Scientists. An honorary doctorate of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin would be an appropriate measure to honour his highly esteemed scientific achievements.

Wolfgang Karl Härdle


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