Alberto Abadie is professor of economics at MIT. His main research areas are econometrics, labor economics, and public finance. In his research, Abadie has developed econometric methods to evaluate the effects of public programs. In addition, as a native of the Basque region of Spain, he has long been interested in issues concerning terrorism. His recent research uses data and economic models to analyze the causes and consequences of terrorism. Abadie received his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.