Mostly Harmless Econometrics

An Empiricist's Companion

by Joshua D. Angrist,

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  • 1400829828
  • 9780691120348
  • 9781400829828

The core methods in today's econometric toolkit are linear regression for statistical control, instrumental variables methods for the analysis of natural experiments, and differences-in-differences methods that exploit policy changes. In the modern experimentalist paradigm, these techniques address clear causal questions such as: Do smaller classes increase learning? Should wife batterers be arrested? How much does education raise wages? Mostly Harmless Econometrics shows how the basic tools of applied econometrics allow the data to speak.


In addition to econometric essentials, Mostly Harmless Econometrics covers important new extensions--regression-discontinuity designs and quantile regression--as well as how to get standard errors right. Joshua Angrist and Jörn-Steffen Pischke explain why fancier econometric techniques are typically unnecessary and even dangerous. The applied econometric methods emphasized in this book are easy to use and relevant for many areas of contemporary social science.


  • An irreverent review of econometric essentials

  • A focus on tools that applied researchers use most

  • Chapters on regression-discontinuity designs, quantile regression, and standard errors

  • Many empirical examples

  • A clear and concise resource with wide applications

  • Princeton University Press; December 2008
  • ISBN: 9781400829828
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  • Title: Mostly Harmless Econometrics
  • Author: Joshua D. Angrist; Jörn-Steffen Pischke
  • Imprint: Princeton University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1400829828
  • 9780691120348
  • 9781400829828

In The Press

"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

About The Author

Joshua D. Angrist is professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jörn-Steffen Pischke is professor of economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1400829828
  • 9780691120348
  • 9781400829828