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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1 edition (4 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691120358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691120355
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A quirky and thought-provoking read for any budding econometrician. . . . Insightful and refreshing."--James Davidson, Times Higher Education



"I'd recommend it to the entire range of empirical economists, from those still in training to those who, like me, have only a hazy memory of statistical theory and stick to our tried and tested methods of estimation . . . an excellent guide to how to do basic regression/IV/panel data estimation really well. In particular, it demonstrates through many examples how to bring about a happy marriage between one's underlying model and the data which might or might not confirm the researcher's hypotheses."--Diane Coyle, The Enlightened Economist Blog



"The applied econometric methods emphasized in this book are easy to use and relevant for many areas of contemporary social sciences."--Pavel Stoynov, Zentralblatt MATH



"[T]he matter covered in the book is surely of interest to most agricultural economists. Even if it is not a complete overview of existing econometric research methods, it certainly contains a good deal of hands on advice driven by years of experience."--European Review of Agricultural Economics



"This book is an extremely thought-provoking contribution to the literature. It champions a different paradigm to that characterising most econometrics texts and does so with considerable (idiosyncratic) style and grace. Highly recommended!"--David Harris and Christopher L. Skeels, Economic Record

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"This pathbreaking book is a must-read for any scientist who is interested in formulating and testing hypotheses about the social world. This includes political scientists, sociologists, historians, geographers, and anthropologists. The book is clever and funny, and guides you through the tangle of problems that confront empirical research in social science. I wish I had had it years ago."--James Robinson, Harvard University


"What a fascinating and useful book! The application of econometrics in empirical research is as much art as science. What is most distinctive about Mostly Harmless Econometrics relative to other graduate-level econometrics books (besides the colorful prose style!) is that because the authors are longtime practitioners of applied microeconometrics, they speak often and insightfully about the art. I expect it's a great thing to work in the same department with Angrist or Pischke and to be able to ask their advice. Having this book close at hand is the next best thing. When you consult the book to see 'What would Angrist and Pischke do?' about econometric issues you encounter in your own research, you won't necessarily end up doing what they would in every single instance, but I bet you always will benefit from getting their take on the issue."--Gary Solon, Michigan State University


"Interesting and unusual, this is an econometrics book with attitude. It offers real answers and suggestions to problems faced daily by those engaged in the analysis of economic data. I will recommend it to my students."--Guido Imbens, Harvard University


"A well-written and very quirky take on econometric practice."--Orley Ashenfelter, Princeton University



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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Bernardo V. Guimaraes on 4 Mar. 2009
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First, I should say I am a lecturer at the London School of Economics, so I am a colleague of one of the authors. But we work on different things, I am a macroeconomist, most of my work is theoretical, so I have little interaction with Steve Pischke. I've bought the book, was very well impressed, and decided to post my honest assessment of it here.

Although this book is not written as a 1st-year PhD econometrics book, I think it covers exactly what I wish my first graduate course in econometrics would have covered, I wish I had learned econometrics from a book like this. Unfortunatelly I didn't. While I find the topics covered here intelectually estimulating and very useful, much of what was taught to me in econometrics was boring and ended up being quite useless. Worse, many things that are very important (namely the conceptual discussion behind what we are doing when we do econometrics) are never really covered in most econometric courses, and while I like to think I ended up learning some of it going to seminars, thinking about it, talking to people, I am sure there is much I should know but I don't. This book has been filling those gaps.

I highly recommend this book for all economists interested in understanding and critically evaluating work on applied econometrics and any social scientists interested in quantitative work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julio C Amador Diaz Lopez on 28 Oct. 2013
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The book itself is very instructive. The kindle edition is as poor as could be: equations are unreadable, notation is often wrong (I compared it to the actual printed edition) and only confuses the reader.
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To mathematical for my taste. Recommend Kennedy's book instead
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By Yuzhu Zhang on 20 May 2015
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Very good and intuitive econometric book
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nikolas4 on 20 Feb. 2014
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not at all harmless :-) It requires a high level of understanding, definitely not suitable for undergraduates. I need a lot of time to understand what is going on in every page.
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By Amazon Customer on 19 Mar. 2015
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Demanding but very good.
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By fin on 29 April 2015
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Clear and useful
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