Kate Shanley Shanley itibaren Budhua, Bihar 824202, Hindistan
Before I say anything about this book, here are some snippets of the back-cover praise: "This pathbreaking book... clever and funny..." (Robinson), "Interesting and unusual, this is an econometrics book with attitude" (Imbens), "A well-written and very quirky take on econometric practice" (Ashenfelter). Um, did these people read the same book I just read? Quirky? Attitude? Where? The only quirky thing about this book is that the authors stick a Douglas Adams quote from the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy at the beginning of each chapter with an accompanying illustration. And they throw in a colloquial phrase here and there. The "funny" is totally lost on me. This book is basically a straight-up abridged econometrics textbook. Taking it for what it is (I suppose I can't blame the authors for a marketing strategy gone wrong...), I thought it was a very good econometrics guide. Each concept was explained very clearly and in depth, and the book helped get at the intuition behind each concept. I thought the examples were great, and I appreciated the thoughtful discussions about the limitations of each method and disagreements that exist in this field. I read most of it alongside a course I was taking, and I highly recommend it for this purpose, or for someone already familiar with the topics and trying to solidify their understanding of them. (Just don't expect a funny, unusual, very quirky book with attitude!)
Eh... Yes, it's a good book. Yes, it's great to have a popular book out there written from the point of view of an autistic child. Amusingly, it was both worrying and reassuring - I spent a lot of it thinking "wait... that's not "normal"?" and an equal amount thinking "nah, I'm not that far on the spectrum". But then, maybe the fact that I internalised it so much means I'm further than I want to admit ;) I did like the resolution - it just felt a bit crammed in there. From a seemingly-unresolvable situation to resolution seemed to happen at a much faster pace than the rest of the novel. That's a minor thing though - on the whole, a refreshing, touching book that I absolutely raced through.