Series: Handbooks in Economics

The Handbooks in Economics series provides the various branches of economics with definitive reference sources, suitable for use by professional researchers, advanced graduate students, or by those seeking a teaching supplement. With contributions from leading researchers in the field, each volume presents an authoritative, self-contained survey of the topic under examination. With over 110 volumes in the collection, the handbooks are more highly cited than any other economics journal.

The Handbook in Economics series was founded in 1983 by Kenneth Arrow and Michael Intriligator with the aim of helping economists understand increasingly complex fields and as the series gained popularity and citations, Kenneth and Michael started new subseries to cover all the core subjects in economics. Between 1991 and 2010 the series established one or two new subseries each year, managing to balance quality of content with the increasing demand for a wider view of the vast array of topics in the field of economics. The Handbooks in Economics play a unique role in collecting, organising, analysing and synthesizing advances in economic research for graduate students and professionals.


Current Series Editors Rosa Matzkin, Steven Durlauf and Sanjeev Goyal recognize the same balance between quality scholarship and the need for increasing scope that Kenneth and Michael embraced. As Kenneth and Michael put it themselves: The aim of the Handbooks in Economics series is to produce Handbooks for various branches of economics, each of which is a definitive source, reference, and teaching supplement for use by professional researchers and advanced graduate students. Each Handbook provides self-contained surveys of the current state of a branch of economics in the form of chapters prepared by leading specialists on various aspects of this branch of economics. These surveys summarize not only received results but also newer developments, from recent journal articles and discussion papers. Some original material is also included, but the main goal is to provide comprehensive and accessible surveys. The Handbooks are intended to provide not only useful reference volumes for professional collections but also possible supplementary readings for advanced courses for graduate students in economics.


One of the greatest assets of Handbook in Economics is the ability to establish new subseries that features recognized experts. Now numbering over 120 volumes, they offer important entry points to key literature, have long shelf lives, and are highly cited. Its signature characteristic is its ability to attract worldwide experts to summarize and judge the scholarship that defines their fields, and to-date over 38 Nobel Prize winners have contributed to volumes of Handbook in Economics, with almost every volume since 2000 containing a contribution from them. It is an essential series for graduate-level students, as well as professors and researchers who seek high-level summaries of recent advances in research literature in the fields of economics.


Steven Durlauf, Steans Professor of Educational Policy at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. Durlauf's research has spanned topics from economic theory to econometrics to empirical analyses to philosophy. Much of research in economic theory has involved the integration of sociological ideas into economic models and the use of statistical mechanics methods to study aggregate behavior when social influences are present. His primary econometric research has focused on the determination of conditions under which the impact of social factors on individual choices can be identified from the sorts of data available to social scientists. He has also worked on the theory and application of optimal policy design. His primary substantive research areas are poverty, inequality, and economic growth.  

Durlauf is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society. He was General Editor of the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and currently is Editor of the Journal of Economic Literature.

Sanjeev Goyal is Professor of Economics and a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge. He was born and received his early education in India (BA, Delhi; MBA, Ahmedabad). He did his doctoral work in the United States (PhD, Cornell). 

Sanjeev Goyal pioneered and remains a leading international scholar in the study of networks. His early research in the 1990's laid the foundations for an economic approach to the study of networks by providing a framework for the study of the effects of social structure on human behaviour and by developing a model of how the costs and benefits of linking shape the formation of networks.

In subsequent work, he has explored applications of these ideas in the context of industrial organisation, economic development, international trade, finance, the diffusion of innovations, public economics and political economy, cybersecurity, and conflict.

In 2007, Princeton University Press published his book, Connections: an introduction to the economics of networks. 

Sanjeev Goyal is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Econometric Society. He was the founding Director of the Cambridge-INET Institute (2012-2014) and has been Chair of the Cambridge Economics Faculty (2014-2018). 

Rosa L. Matzkin is Charles E. Davidson Professor of Economics at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA). She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Econometric Society, the International Association for Applied Econometrics, and the Society for Economic Measurement.

She served as Editor of Quantitative Economics, Co-editor of the Research Monograph Series of the Econometric Society, Associate Editor of Econometrica and of Journal of Econometrics, and member of the Executive Committees of the American Economic Association and of the Econometric Society.  Currently, she is a member of the Editorial Committee of the Annual Review of Economics.

Her research has been aimed at creating a tight connection between econometrics and economic theory, relaxing, at the same time, ad-hoc parametric restrictions on functions and distributions.  She has worked on Revealed Preference, Discrete Choice, Shape Restrictions, Hedonic Models, Consumer Demand, and Models of Simultaneous Equations.  She has developed nonparametric methods for identification, estimation, testing, and prediction where shape restrictions and/or nonadditive unobservable variables play key roles.  

Before joining UCLA, Rosa L. Matzkin held faculty positions at Northwestern University and Yale University and visiting positions at Caltech, University of Chicago, M.I.T., and University of Wisconsin. She was born in Argentina, graduated Cum Laude from Technion, Israel Institute of Technology with a BSc in Management in Economics, and earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Minnesota.

If you wish to discuss ideas or advances in economic research, for graduate students and professionals, which may be suitable for publishing within the Handbooks in Economics Series, please contact Jason Mitchell, Acquisitions Editor:


Book Series: Handbook of Econometrics

Most recent volume

Volume 7B. Handbook of Econometrics

Published: 1st October 2019 Series Volume Editors: Steven Durlauf Lars Hansen James Heckman Rosa Matzkin

Handbook in Econometrics, Volume 7B, the latest release in this ongoing series, examines recent advances in foundational issues and "hot" topics within econometrics, such as inference for moment inequalities and estimation of high dimensional models. Chapters in this updated release cover Decision Theory and Econometric Analysis, Modelling Economic Agents as Econometricians, Econometric Analysis under Model Misspecification and Model Uncertainty, The Role of Assumptions in Econometric Analysis, Abduction, Structural Econometrics, Instrumental Variables/Moments-Based Estimators, Conditional Moments, Weak Instruments, Instrumental Variable Selection, Generalized Instrumental Variables, Moment Inequalities, Nonlinear and Nonparametric Methods, and much more.

Additional volumes

Volume 7A. Handbook of Econometrics

Published: 1st September 2019 Series Volume Editors: Steven Durlauf Lars Hansen James Heckman Rosa Matzkin

Volume 1. Handbook of Behavioral Economics - Foundations and Applications 1

Published: 1st October 2018 Series Volume Editors: B. Douglas Bernheim Stefano DellaVigna David Laibson

Computational Economics: Heterogeneous Agent Modeling

Published: 19th June 2018 Editors: Cars Hommes Blake LeBaron