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Fumio Hayashi
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December 15, 2000 0691010188 978-0691010182

Hayashi's Econometrics promises to be the next great synthesis of modern econometrics. It introduces first year Ph.D. students to standard graduate econometrics material from a modern perspective. It covers all the standard material necessary for understanding the principal techniques of econometrics from ordinary least squares through cointegration. The book is also distinctive in developing both time-series and cross-section analysis fully, giving the reader a unified framework for understanding and integrating results.

Econometrics has many useful features and covers all the important topics in econometrics in a succinct manner. All the estimation techniques that could possibly be taught in a first-year graduate course, except maximum likelihood, are treated as special cases of GMM (generalized methods of moments). Maximum likelihood estimators for a variety of models (such as probit and tobit) are collected in a separate chapter. This arrangement enables students to learn various estimation techniques in an efficient manner. Eight of the ten chapters include a serious empirical application drawn from labor economics, industrial organization, domestic and international finance, and macroeconomics. These empirical exercises at the end of each chapter provide students a hands-on experience applying the techniques covered in the chapter. The exposition is rigorous yet accessible to students who have a working knowledge of very basic linear algebra and probability theory. All the results are stated as propositions, so that students can see the points of the discussion and also the conditions under which those results hold. Most propositions are proved in the text.

For those who intend to write a thesis on applied topics, the empirical applications of the book are a good way to learn how to conduct empirical research. For the theoretically inclined, the no-compromise treatment of the basic techniques is a good preparation for more advanced theory courses.


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"Students of econometrics and their teachers will find this book to be the best introduction to the subject at the graduate and advanced undergraduate level. Starting with least squares regression, Hayashi provides an elegant exposition of all the standard topics of econometrics, including a detailed discussion of stationary and non-stationary time series. The particular strength of the book is the excellent balance between econometric theory and its applications, using GMM as an organizing principle throughout. Each chapter includes a detailed empirical example taken from classic and current applications of econometrics."--Dale Jorgensen, Harvard University

"Econometrics will be a very useful book for intermediate and advanced graduate courses. It covers the topics with an easy to understand approach while at the same time offering a rigorous analysis. The computer programming tips and problems should also be useful to students. I highly recommend this book for an up-to-date coverage and thoughtful discussion of topics in the methodology and application of econometrics."--Jerry A. Hausman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Econometrics covers both modern and classic topics without shifting gears. The coverage is quite advanced yet the presentation is simple. Hayashi brings students to the frontier of applied econometric practice through a careful and efficient discussion of modern economic theory. The empirical exercises are very useful. . . . The projects are carefully crafted and have been thoroughly debugged."--Mark W. Watson, Princeton University

"Econometrics strikes a good balance between technical rigor and clear exposition. . . . The use of empirical examples is well done throughout. I very much like the use of old 'classic' examples. It gives students a sense of history--and shows that great empirical econometrics is a matter of having important ideas and good data, not just fancy new methods. . . . The style is just great, informal and engaging."--James H. Stock, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

About the Author

Fumio Hayashi is Professor of Economics at the University of Tokyo, where he teaches macroeconomics and econometrics. Previously, he has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at Columbia University. He is the author of Understanding Saving: Evidence from the United States and Japan.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 690 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (December 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691010188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691010182
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid basis for econometric analysis April 2, 2006
By Phome
Format:Hardcover
I have a love/hate relationship with this book. Perhaps I should state as a precursor that I was never formally trained in economics before learning econometrics. And, that the last time I'd done matrix algebra or calculus was some 15 years prior.

We used this book as part of a taught graduate course. It took half a semester to go through the first two chapters - an investment of time that proved well worth it for the rest of the topics which were covered in the remainder of the semester.

Basically, if you can understand the first two chapters on ordinary least square regression for finite and large samples, the required assumptions and properties, then the rest of the chapters are a piece of cake:

- generalized method of moments for single and multiple equations

- panel data

- time series analysis (including unit root analysis)

- extremum estimators

- maximum likelihood

- cointegration.

In short, the book covers all major econometrics topics and does so in a succinct, clear manner. The way in which Hayashi builds on each topic, showing that all models are basically different versions of the same method, with slightly different assumptions is just brilliant. It put statistics in a different light for me, and gave me a much deeper, intuitive understanding of it than any other book or class had done before.

There is a caveat however. This book assumes that you have substantial mathematical grounding. In particular, I found the succinct use of notation, without any verbal explanation, irritating at first. I invested quite some time in a mathematical economics book reminding myself what sets were, rules of matrices, calculus functions, expectations and probability.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The modern approach to econometrics January 28, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The title is accurate. This is 'Econometrics' done properly.
Unlike the vast majority of econometrics texts, this book combines solid economic theory with a thorough grounding in basic mathematical statistics. The worked practical examples introduce some classic empirical papers and provide an excellent motivation to study the theory. The little bit of effort required to put on the GMM-tinged glasses makes everything look so much clearer.
The incidental treatment of linear algebra is better than that of any 'Math. for Economists' book I have ever come across.
Anyone at the graduate level of study should own this book. It would also be of value to advanced undergraduates, and out-of-touch academics.
It should be noted that an important aspect of statistical analysis is the treatment of 'outliers', such as the 'review' presented by Mr. Brian J. Phillips.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Readable Econometrics Text There Is. Period October 17, 2004
By jose
Format:Hardcover
I think Hayashi is the best econometrics textbook to come along in a long time. The treatment has that rare quality of being simultaneously sophisticated yet very easy to follow. In that sense, this book is much different than Greene - whereas Greene is (I think) much more of a reference, you can actually sit down and learn a lot of econometrics with this book. Hayashi not only takes the time to explain key concepts in good prose, but in some cases even writes down step-by-step instructions. All this while not compromising the material.

The treatment is also slightly different in that GMM is a central theme instead of something off to the side, which is very nice. There are plenty of empirical examples - these are somewhat helpful, and the exercises are fairly easy but still illustrative.

Two downsides - it would have been nice to see some treatment of Bayesian econometrics, since this appears to be used much more widely (Lancaster is a good supplement). Second, either I got a faulty book, or there are no tables of critical values. This is ultimately a minor gripe since just about every other book has tables (and you really don't even need them these days with packages and such), but it can be annoying.

Ultimately, the combination of sophistication and readability of this book is what sets it apart from all others. If you're looking to learn econometrics, buy this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Parent's Econometrics October 13, 2011
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Over the past four or five decades, econometric methods have been borrowed and used more or less effectively by social scientists in a broad range of disciplines. Generally, though certainly not in every case, those who use econometric methods in other social sciences are not as well trained in mathematics as economists, and they have little or no knowledge of economic theory.

To meet the demand for accessible econometric literature in other disciplines, authors and publishers have produced textbooks that are much less mathematically demanding than the staple sources. Examples include Wooldridge's Introductory Econometrics, Gujarati's Essentials of Econometrics, Stockman and Watson's Introductory Econometrics, and Mirer's Economic Statistics and Econometrics. Also, Peter Kennedy's Guide to Econometrics is an accessible catalog of tests and correctives for violation of assumptions, provided the non-specialists stay out of the technical appendices.

However, Hayashi's Econometrics clearly does not belong in the category of textbooks that appeal to a broad-based audience of social scientists. Hayashi, quite rightly, has a different audience in mind, and he assumes that the reader knows and has facility in applying the mathematics that is legitimately expected of economists. He also liberally incorporates economic theory into his presentation. While the econometric texts mentioned above lean heavily on OLS estimators, Hayashi treats OLS as just a special case of the generalized method of moments, a concept that is entirely alien to most students and practitioners who are not well schooled in the mathematical methods of economics.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Other books are better
I personally didnt like the book. If you are loooking for cross sectional and panel data Woolridge is better. For time series, Hamilton is the option. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Baldomero
5.0 out of 5 stars More than necessary for a master or phd in economics
There are other good books too (Greene) but Hayashi' s Econometrics is both "mathematical" and "economical" enough to cover all your needs in econometrics. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Faidon
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
The modern standard econometric theory is fully covered in this excellent book. I felt very comfortable with the moment approach to econometrics conducted from first to last page. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mauricio Olivares
5.0 out of 5 stars good quality
good and fast. I received it. it is absolutely new book and cheap. I am satisfied from this book fully.
Published 19 months ago by HoCheol SHIN
5.0 out of 5 stars No ego, no show off
Wow. This book is good. Finally I understand what all the underlying assumptions of regression and time series analysis are. Read more
Published on April 29, 2012 by Cagdas Ozgenc
5.0 out of 5 stars The ONE and ONLY Econometrics Book
This is the only econometrics book I have bought. I have some math and engineering background. Few years back I decided to get some econometrics education on my own and bought this... Read more
Published on June 22, 2011 by C T
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent Econometrics Book
Great book for advanced undergrad and grad students. Personally, I think this book is as good as the Greene, but much cheaper.
Published on March 26, 2008 by Othon M. Moreno Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps you to become a complete econometrician
Yes, indeed I also think this one is the best around. Some points I'd add are:

Hayashi's book is the only econometrics textbook I am aware of (IMHO, these are certainly... Read more
Published on July 24, 2005 by C. Hanck
5.0 out of 5 stars The best choice
Mr. Hayashi has written an excelent textbook, which has become the standard in PhD programs as far as I know. Read more
Published on July 15, 2005 by fryho
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern and unusal approach
This is a fine book, but probably not the one you want to buy if you are looking for ONE all-encompassing reference. Read more
Published on January 26, 2005 by Amazon Customer
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