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I use all three programs. Python can do everything that R can do and R can do everything that Python does, but I must say R is superior to Python when it comes to the packages. For that reason for most econometric analysis I usually default to R. I find also producing nice standard statistics graphics with R easier (but for maps I prefer Python). However, ...


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I'd rate my experience: Stata 9/10, Python 7/10, R 3/10 on a) There are many econometric approaches specific to a certain field for which packages have been developed for R and Stata, but not (yet) for Python. One example is the Heckman Selection approach in Labor Economics, which I had to do myself in Python. There are numerous other examples. on b) ...


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