Methodology of econometrics

Methodology of econometrics

The methodology of econometrics is the study of the range of differing approaches to undertaking econometric analysis.[1]

Commonly distinguished differing approaches that have been identified and studied include:

In addition to these clearly defined approaches, Hoover[5] identifies a range of heterogeneous or textbook approaches that those less, or even un-, concerned with methodology, tend to follow.


  1. ^ Jennifer Castle and Neil Shephard (Eds) (2009) The Methodology and Practice of Econometrics - A Festschrift in Honour of David F. Hendry ISBN 978-0-19-923719-7
  2. ^ Christ, Carl F. 1994. “The Cowles Commission Contributions to Econometrics at Chicago: 1939-1955” Journal of Economic Literature. Vol. 32.
  3. ^ Sims, Christopher (1980) Macroeconomics and Reality, Econometrica, January, pp. 1-48.
  4. ^ Kydland, Finn E & Prescott, Edward C, 1991. " The Econometrics of the General Equilibrium Approach to Business Cycles," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Blackwell Publishing, 93 (2),161–178.
  5. ^ Hoover, Kevin D. (2006). Chapter 2, "The Methodology of Econometrics." in T. C. Mills and K. Patterson, ed., Palgrave Handbook of Econometrics, v. 1, Econometric Theory, pp. 61-87.

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