"Overall, this is an excellent textbook. It offers a unique perspective different from the standard approach in the mainstream textbooks. It encourages the mastering of fundamental concepts and theoretical perspectives at a formal level geared to develop a 'mathematical mind'. It will prove valuable not only for graduate students in econometrics and econometric theory but also as a reference to all researchers in modern economics, econometrics, statistics and financial econometrics." - Economic Record
"One outstanding virtue of Bierens' book is the inclusion of a large number of proofs. Some are in the text, and some are relegated to chapter appendices, but in any case, these are an essential ingredient of any such text.... Taken as a whole, this book can be seen as a rather personal compendium of things that Professor Beirens regards as important for students to know. It would be difficult indeed to fit more bits of knowledge useful to the apprentice econometrician into a book of this compass. It represents both an outstanding investment for the graduate student and an item that many researchers and practitioners will find invaluable for reference." - Econometric Reviews
This book is intended to be used in a first-semester Ph.D. level course in econometrics, but because it contains much advanced material, particularly in the appendices to the chapters, it is also suitable for a field course in econometric theory. The focus of this book is on understanding why rather than how the mathematical and statistical foundations of econometrics are established. Therefore, the text provides all the proofs, or at least motivations if proofs are too complicated, of the mathematical and statistical results necessary for understanding modern econometric theory. In this respect it differs from all other econometrics textbooks.