CUP Feedback to action for second edition

Changes from feedback

  • What is one change you would need to see to convince you to switch from your current text to Data Analysis for Business, Economics, and Policy? If you are currently an adopter, what change would convince you to stay with this textbook?
  • What do you think of the authors’ proposed changes? Is there anything you would add? Are there any changes they suggest that seem unnecessary?
  • topics to add

Minor suggestions

Response Todo Status
The introduction of new chapter related with environmental topics. Spatial, climate etc. Not chapter, but CS: climate RA to suggest
A little bit more clarity in the text (chapters/sections are somewhat long) TO REVIEW RA to suggest
A broader focus on economics and policy applicability and practice. Maybe add more on applications RA to suggest
Adding more machine learning models and discussions of AI. This would keep me using this textbook. ML: AutoML, AI -
In Section 3.10 consider to include a summary figure illustrating the steps of explaratory data analysis (rather than putting them in the review box). YES TODO RA
inerpreting coefficients as elasticities (provided only marginally on p. 206) TODO TODO Gabor
computing standardized coefficients , a great importance for a meaningful interpretation of results. TODO TODO Gabor
add orientations (glimpses) on things like GLS, Random Effects (RE) models (in addition to FE and FD), consistency as distinct from unbiasedness, and others! Yes: beyond print/online RA to suggest

Key changes

Response Todo Status
I would step up the level, currently too elementary. One possibility is to make the “Under the Hood” sections a little more technical (similar to what Stock & Watson do). YES RA to suggest
More quantitative equations and light proofs. YES TODO Gabor
Good explanation of advances in DiD. YES TODO Gabor
LLM integration. YES DA w AI Major task
More formulas and their respective intuitive explanation regarding regression/Causality topics. More graphical models from Pearl. YES TODO Gabor
More precise, theoretically founded explanations. Better treatment of time series. ?? -

To consider

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Maybe more emphasis on financial time series, but I can understand if it does not happen ??? -
A chapter on probability and probability distributions would encourage the adoption as textbook for undergraduate courses. TO consider -
Bit more mathematical rigor. Sometimes trying to hide the math ends up making things more confusing for students. - -
Update CS Look at which case studies may be updated RA: make suggestion
In Chapter 6, offer a short guidance on how to formulate the hypothesis based on the formulated research question. Also showing what can go wrong in this process might be very insightful to people broadly unexperience in the field. YES RA suugest
Structural breaks, just be explicit . ???
Deeper discussion of Pearl’s graphical models. Probably not
AI: show how convert unstructured data into tabular data. YES RA to sugest
More topics/exercises covering simulations - that is how students would “feel” properties like unbiased-ness and consistency maybe -
RA to suggest    
Some bayesian material or the justification why it is sufficient for the purposes not to use bayesian solutions./ Given that macro has been using Bayesian methods, some gentle intro to Bayesian statistics would be helpful - -
Expand on 11.9, i.e., Multinomial / ordered response variables (useful for marketing, micro people as a basis for BLP) - -
In psychology also Anova (analysis of variance) and other procedures (e.g., cluster analysis) are often used - -
Quantile regressions. - -
Machine Learning is applied to Causality (e.g. Heterogeneous treatment effect) - -
Factor Analysis, Cluster analysis, MANOVA (these in Chapters 3, 5 and/or 8) - -
Discriminant Analysis (in Chapter 11) - -
Principal Component Analysis (in a new chapter) - -
I would suggest to include few more chapters on probability, random variables, probability distributions. - -
Big Data Analytics - -


Response Todo Status
I am already happy with the first edition. Cleaning up the code is perhaps at the top of my wish list. TODO Organize taskforce
Convenient access to the Python and R code for the cases and examples, facilitating their immediate use in the classroom. - -
Just some more connections with the programming code NO
What might be missing is some screenshots of econometrics software results. - -
Could add some output from Python or R and create exercises to help students to read outputs. - -


Response Todo Status
More focus on intuition - less on oh wow look at this cool tool. Think about RA: make suggestion
Add the data shape chapter and focus on machine learning and prediction, then I might be able to use it in a Machine Learning for Economists course at the masters level, OR, Drop machine learning and focus on causal analysis, then I could use it in a Causal Econometrics course at the advanced undergrad or masters level. Add codes into the book, see the effect book to see how it can be done successfully. Your strength are the case studies, that other books don’t provide, so if you can build on that I could be convinced. - -
I already wrote extensively about that. I would wish there was a more basic version available, shorter and more affordable. - -
It would have to be pitched at a more introductory level and I don’t feel that’s what this book is. I think I would maybe be able to use a handful of chapters but the overall style would not work. - -
Introduce a shorter version that could be used for quarter-long courses. - -
For my course this is not possible because of the diverse background of the students. - -
The book is complete for planning empirical research and data analyses using regression analyses - -
I don’t like the formula for regressions, in particular the adoption of the shorthand $y^E$ instead of $E[y’ x_1,..,x_p]$ is not convincing. - -
The basic econometric assumptions are not explicitly shown in the textbook, which is costly at later chapters, because the authors rely on too much “intuition” and long text rather than present the assumptions of more complex models as you can find in the standard econometric textbooks (mathematical formulas). - -
Maybe should be first chapters, be summurized in Appendix as kind of reminder of statisc basics. - -
I would want a more streamlined presentation, but that probably wouldn’t work for other users. The book is pretty great, overall. Switching is hard though! Think how to help switching ??