Mostly Harmless Econometrics: An Empiricist’s Companion Summary

Joshua D. Angrist,Jörn-Steffen Pischke
- 2008
Research Methods
Applied Economics
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Key Takeaways

  1. Focus on regression analysis and causal inference techniques.
  2. Use of intuitive examples and minimal technical jargon.
  3. Ideal for researchers and practitioners looking to apply econometric methods effectively.


Angrist and Pischke explain how econometric tools can be used to make empirical work in economics more robust and persuasive. They cover topics such as instrumental variables and regression discontinuity designs, emphasizing intuition and practical implementation over technical depth.

The book is particularly useful for readers interested in understanding how to design empirical research that can withstand the rigors of peer review and provide credible, actionable results.

‘Mostly Harmless Econometrics’ is praised for its readable approach and has become a staple on the shelves of both new econometricians and seasoned economists​``【oaicite:0】``​.

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