Python for Economists

About is my take on some of the ways Python can be leveraged in the typical research process that an economist or basically any other empirical researcher follows. Most of the material on focuses on the use of Python to obtain structured and unstructured data from the Internet. The Internet is packed with tons of high quality data just waiting to be combined in the right way. However, academics (especially those in non-computational fields) often struggle to figure out how to actually get the data they want, and in a systematic fashion. Enter Python.

Having great data, and a lot of it, is a wonderful way to improve an empirical research study. Not only does having a larger and more representative sample reduce the probability that you'll have to use more risky statistical estimators, but it's also a step towards making the data your drawing inferences from a better representation of the actual world.