Recommended Student Readings

Below is a list of books which I recommend to other scientists and students. They are excellent introductions and resources.

Research Design

“Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs for Generalized Causal Inference” (William R. Shadish, Thomas D. Cook, Donald T. Campbell)

 “Counterfactuals and Causal Inference: Methods and Principles for Social Research” (Stephen L. Morgan and Christopher Winship)

“Engaged Scholarship: A Guide for Organizational and Social Research” (Andrew H. Van de Ven)

“Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches” (John W. Creswell)

“Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches” (W. Lawrence Neuman)

“Social Research Methods” (David Dooley)

Qualitative Research

“Case Study Research: Design and Methods” (Robert K. Yin)

“Qualitative Data Analysis: An Expanded Sourcebook” (Matthew B. Miles and Michael Huberman)

“Basics of Qualitative Research: Techniques and Procedures for Developing Grounded Theory” (Juliet M. Corbin and Anselm C. Strauss)

Quantitative Research

“Mostly Harmless Econometrics: An Empiricist’s Companion” (Joshua D. Angrist and Jorn-Steffen Pischke)

“A Guide to Econometrics” (Peter Kennedy)

“Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach” (Jeffrey M. Wooldridge)

“Econometric Analysis of Cross Section and Panel Data” (Jeffrey M. Wooldridge)

“Multivariate Data Analysis” (Joseph F. Hair, William C. Black, Barry J. Babin, Rolph E. Anderson)

Big Data, Machine Learning, Data Analytics

 “Data Science for Business: What you need to know about data mining and data-analytic thinking” (Foster Provost and Tom Fawcett)

 “Data Mining: Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques” (Ian H. Witten, Eibe Frank, Mark A. Hall)

“Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-By-Numbers is the New Way To Be Smart” (Ian Ayres)

“The Numerati” (Stephen Baker)

“Moneyball” (Michael Lewis)

Research Philosophy

“The Sciences of the Artificial” (Herbert A. Simon)

“The Logic of Scientific Discovery (Routledge Classics)” (Karl Popper)

“The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” (Thomas S. Kuhn)


“The Elements of Style” (William Strunk and E. B. White) – This is a classic.

“Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition” (American Psychological Association (APA)) – A must-have as a technical guide for formatting, style, and conventions for journal articles.

“Common Errors in English Usage” (Paul Brians)


“Strategy and Dynamics in Contests” (Kai A. Konrad)

“Writing the Doctoral Dissertation” (Gordon B. Davis and Clyde A. Parker)

“Developing Quality Dissertations in the Social Sciences: A Graduate Student’s Guide to Achieving Excellence” (Barbara E. Lovitts and Ellen L. Wert)