2nd Edition

Regression Analysis A Practical Introduction

By Jeremy Arkes Copyright 2023
    412 Pages 70 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    412 Pages 70 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This thoroughly practical and engaging textbook is designed to equip students with the skills needed to undertake sound regression analysis without requiring high-level math.

    Regression Analysis covers the concepts needed to design optimal regression models and to properly interpret regressions. It details the most common pitfalls, including three sources of bias not covered in other textbooks. Rather than focusing on equations and proofs, the book develops an understanding of these biases visually and with examples of situations in which such biases could arise. In addition, it describes how ‘holding other factors constant’ actually works and when it does not work. This second edition features a new chapter on integrity and ethics, and has been updated throughout to include more international examples. Each chapter offers examples, exercises, and clear summaries, all of which are designed to support student learning to help towards producing responsible research.

    This is the textbook the author wishes he had learned from, as it would have helped him avoid many research mistakes he made in his career. It is ideal for anyone learning quantitative methods in the social sciences, business, medicine, and data analytics. It will also appeal to researchers and academics looking to better understand regressions. Additional digital supplements are available at: www.youtube.com/channel/UCenm3BWqQyXA2JRKB_QXGyw.

    1. Introduction

    2. Regression analysis basics

    3. Essential tools for regression analysis

    4. What does "holding other factors constant" mean?

    5. Standard errors, hypothesis tests, p-values, and aliens

    6. What could go wrong when estimating causal effects?

    7. Strategies for other regression objectives

    8. Methods to address biases

    9. Other methods besides Ordinary Least Squares

    10. Time-series models

    11. Some really interesting research

    12. How to conduct a research project

    13. The ethics of regression analysis

    14. Summarizing thoughts  

    Appendix of background statistical tools


    Jeremy Arkes is a retired economics professor from the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy, Naval Postgraduate School, U.S.A. He is currently writing books on economics, nature, and basketball.