World-renowned econometrician Professor Jeffrey Wooldridge visits Loughborough Business School

Professor Jeffrey Wooldridge with staff and students from Loughborough Business School standing outside on a green field.

Loughborough Business School was delighted to welcome world-renowned econometrician Professor Jeffrey M. Wooldridge of Michigan State University for a two-day research visit from 9 – 10 May.

Professor Wooldridge is the Walter Adams Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Economics at Michigan State University and is one of the world’s most eminent econometricians. He has written numerous scholarly articles about economics, as well as two seminal textbooks on econometrics.

Professor Jeffrey Wooldridge chatting to staff and students.

The Economics Group at Loughborough Business School reached out to host the Professor for a two-day research workshop, aimed at fostering collaboration and discussing the topic of ‘difference-in-differences’.

Discussing his experience of the visit, Professor Wooldridge said: “I immensely enjoyed giving the workshop on difference-in-differences at the Loughborough Business School. Faculty and students were eager to engage, and I felt I also benefitted from my many interactions.

“As a bonus, it was a pleasure to meet with final year undergraduates who were taking an applied econometrics module. I enjoyed exchanging ideas about their term projects and their level of knowledge in econometrics was very impressive.”

Loughborough Business School third year economics undergraduates who had the chance to speak with the leading academic expressed their enthusiasm.

Stuti Adhikari said: “Meeting Professor Jeffrey Wooldridge was a great honour, especially given that his econometrics textbooks have been a cornerstone of my economics studies.

“We were incredibly fortunate to have Professor Wooldridge visit Loughborough. His expertise was invaluable. He patiently answered my questions on how to communicate more 'complex' ideas clearly. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have met him and to have received his suggestions.”

While Rayan Bessadi remarked: "I couldn't believe what a great opportunity we had to speak to such a prominent figure within econometrics; he gave us great insight into some of the research that had been conducted recently and allowed us to discuss the interpretations and finding of these papers. It was an amazing insight into how to develop insight from econometric results.

“Professor Wooldridge was also interested in our personal endeavours and even proposed some individual advice which I found to be extremely valuable. It was an amazing experience and I want to thank the Business School for this opportunity”.