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Introduction to Econometrics

Introduction to Econometrics

International Edition
3rd Edition

James Stock, Mark Watson

Feb 2011, Paperback, 832 pages
ISBN13: 9781408264331
ISBN10: 1408264331
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For courses in introductory econometrics.

An approach to modern econometrics theory and practice through engaging applications.

Ensure students grasp the relevance of econometrics with Introduction to Econometrics—the text that connects modern theory and practice with engaging applications.

The third edition builds on the philosophy that applications should drive the theory, not the other way around, while maintaining a focus on currency.

Part I. Introduction and Review
Chapter 1. Economic Questions and Data
Chapter 2. Review of Probability
Chapter 3. Review of Statistics
Part II. Fundamentals of Regression Analysis
Chapter 4. Linear Regression with One Regressor
Chapter 5. Regression with a Single Regressor: Hypothesis Tests and Confidence Intervals
Chapter 6. Linear Regression with Multiple Regressors
Chapter 7. Hypothesis Tests and Confidence Intervals in Multiple Regression
Chapter 8. Nonlinear Regression Functions
Chapter 9. Assessing Studies Based on Multiple Regression
Part III. Further Topics in Regression Analysis
Chapter 10. Regression with Panel Data
Chapter 11. Regression with a Binary Dependent Variable
Chapter 12. Instrumental Variables Regression
Chapter 13. Experiments and Quasi-Experiments
Part IV. Regression Analysis of Economic Time Series Data
Chapter 14. Introduction to Time Series Regression and Forecasting
Chapter 15. Estimation of Dynamic Causal Effects
Chapter 16. Additional Topics in Time Series Regression
Part V. The Econometric Theory of Regression Analysis
Chapter 17. The Theory of Linear Regression with One Regressor
Chapter 18. The Theory of Multiple Regression

For courses in introductory econometrics.

An approach to modern econometrics theory and practice through engaging applications.

Ensure students grasp the relevance of econometrics with Introduction to Econometrics–the text that connects modern theory and practice with engaging applications.

The third edition builds on the philosophy that applications should drive the theory, not the other way around, while maintaining a focus on currency.

Provide Context: Real-World Questions and Data.
Each important econometric method is built around an important real world question that demands a specific numerical example. For example, the single variable regression, multiple regression, and functional form analysis are motivated by the question: Do smaller elementary class sizes produce higher test scores?

NEW! Keep it Current: New and Updated Discussions On:

  • The treatment of standard errors for panel data regression (Chapter 10).
  • When and why missing data can present a problem for regression analysis (Chapter 9).
  • The use of regression discontinuity design as a method for analyzing quasi-experiments (Chapter 13).
  • Weak instruments (Chapter 12).
  • The use and interpretation of control variables is integrated into the core development of regression analysis (Chapter 7).
  • Introduction of the “potential outcomes” framework for experimental data (Chapter 13).
Present Consistency: Theory That Matches Application. Although econometric tools are best motivated by empirical applications, students need to learn enough econometric theory to understand the strengths and limitations of those tools. A modern treatment is provided to fit between theory and applications as tightly as possible, while keeping the mathematics at a level that requires only algebra.

Create Skilled Producers, Sophisticated Consumers. One of the goal’s of this textbook is to help students become sophisticated consumers of empirical analysis. To do so, they must learn how to use the tools of regression analysis and how to assess the validity of empirical analyses presented to them. This text presents empirical study through a threefold process:
  1. Immediately after introducing the main tools of regression analysis, Chapter 9 is devoted to the threats to internal and external validity of an empirical study. This chapter discusses data problems and issues of generalizing findings to other settings. It also examines the main threats to regression analysis, including omitted variables, functional form misspecification, errors-in-variables, selection, and simultaneity–and ways to recognize these threats in practice.
  2. Next the methods for assessing empirical studies to the empirical analysis are applied to the ongoing examples in the book. This is done by considering alternative specifications and by systematically addressing the various threats to validity of the analyses presented in the book.
  3. And lastly, students need firsthand experience as producers in order to be sophisticated consumers. For this reason, the textbook website features data sets, software, and suggestions for empirical exercises of differing scopes. These web resources have been expanded considerably for the second edition.
Offer a Full Array of Pedagogical Features:
  • Chapter Introductions provide a real-world context and are a useful road map for the chapter’s material.
  • Key Terms are boldfaced and defined in context throughout each chapter.
  • Key Concept boxes at regular intervals recap the central ideas.
  • NEW and UPDATED General Interest Boxes provide interesting insight into related topics, while also highlighting real-world studies. Additional general interest boxes have been included in this edition.
  • A Chapter Summary appears at the end of each chapter.
  • Review the Concepts are questions to check students’ understanding.
  • Exercises give students more intensive practice working with the concepts and techniques introduced in the chapter.
    • NEW! Additional exercises, both pencil-and-paper and empirical, have been added to this edition.
  • Empirical Exercises allow the students to apply what they have learned to answer real-world empirical questions.
  • References lists sources for further reading.
  • The Appendix provides statistical tables and the Glossary conveniently defines all the key terms in the book.


rated 3 star

Good econometric book

21 Oct 2012

By Prof. Ahmed El-Naka

I tried to use this book in my teaching econometrics for master level. The book is written in a very professional way. But as you go through in the book, you discover that the book nearly uses only one example about determinants of the score achievement of the students in the class from the simple regression till the end. There are very few economic examples. It seems that the book written not for economists but for a wider audience in other social sciences. So, the book is less suitable for economic classes in econometrics.