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Simplicity in econometric modelling: some methodological considerations

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  • Bernd Hayo

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It is shown how simplicity in econometric modelling can be defended from three different methodological positions, a 'traditional scientific', a rhetorical and a hermeneutical one. Moreover, it is argued that the claim of methodological superiority by supporters of general-to-specific modelling is largely rhetorics. In practice there does not exist a viable alternative to simple modelling in empirical economics.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Economic Methodology.

Volume (Year): 5 (1998)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 247-261

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Handle: RePEc:taf:jecmet:v:5:y:1998:i:2:p:247-261

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Keywords: Economic methodology; simplicity; econometric modelling;

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Cited by:
  1. Bernd Hayo, 2000. "The demand for money in Austria," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 25(4), pages 581-603.
  2. Hayo, Bernd & Seifert, Wolfgang, 2002. "Subjective economic well-being in Eastern Europe," IBES Diskussionsbeiträge 120, University of Duisburg-Essen, Faculty for Economics and Business Administration.
  3. Hayo, Bernd, 1998. "Estimating a European demand for money," ZEI Working Papers B 05-1998, ZEI - Center for European Integration Studies, University of Bonn.
  4. Hayo, Bernd, 2004. "Public support for creating a market economy in Eastern Europe," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(4), pages 720-744, December.

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