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Roodman’s formal education ended in 1990 with a Bachelor’s degree in theoretical mathematics from Harvard College. After years at the Worldwatch Institute and on a Fulbright in Vietnam, he arrived at CGD in 2002 knowing little about econometrics. He discovered that a great way to learn econometrics is to code it. His contributions to the Stata community since then were motivated by a desire to replicate and scrutinize complex, influential studies in development economics, which led him to write xtabond2, cmp, and other packages; and motivated by a pedagogic bent, which led him to document the packages and their mathematics in the Stata Journal. He is the author of Due Diligence: An Impertinent Inquiry into Microfinance (Roodman 2012).
David's prize is a welcome reminder that at CGD we have found a way to attract world-class scholars who bring rigor as well as passion to this century's crucial challenge: reducing poverty and inequality in the world.
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