Shane Murphy writes,
I am a graduate student in political science (interested in economics as well), and I was reading your recent blog posts about significance testing, and the problems common for economists doing statistics. Do you know of and recommend any books to students learning econometrics or statistics for social science? Also, just in case your answer is your own book, “Data Analysis Using Regression and Multilevel/Hierarchical Models,” is this book an appropriate way to learn “econometrics” (which is just statistics for economists, right?)?
My reply: Yes, I do recommend my book with Jennifer Hill. I also think it’s the right book to learn applied statistics for economics. However, within economics, “econometrics” usually means something more theoretical, I think. You could take a look at a book such as Wooldridge’s, which presents the theory pretty clearly.