This book aims particularly at spatial data processing for econometric projects, where spatial variables become part of an econometric analysis. Over the years, I have seen many students and researchers who spend so much time just processing spatial data (often involving clicking the ArcGIS (or QGIS) user interface to death), which is a waste of time from the perspective of academic productivity. My hope is that this book helps researchers become more proficient in spatial data processing and enhance the overall productivity of the fields of economics for which spatial data are essential.

About me

I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, where I also teach Econometrics for Master’s students. My research interests lie in precision agriculture, water economics, and agricultural policy. My personal website is here.

Contributors of the book

Here is the list of contributors to the book and the parts they contributed to:

  • Kyle Butts, PhD candidate, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Bowen Chen, Data Scientist, Bunge, Missouri
  • Shinya Uryu, Assistant Professor, Center for Design-Oriented AI Education and Research, Tokushima University, Japan (github account: https://github.com/uribo)
    • Section 8
  • Gal Koss, Graduate Student, Colorado State University
  • Jude Bayham, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University

Comments and Suggestions?

Any constructive comments and suggestions about how I can improve the book are all welcome. Please send me an email at or create an issue on the github page of this book.

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