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An Agnostic Look at Bayesian Statistics and Econometrics

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  • Russell Davidson

    (McGill University, CIREQ, and GREQAM)

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Bayesians and non-Bayesians, often called frequentists, seem to be perpetually at logger- heads on fundamental questions of statistical inference. This paper takes as agnostic a stand as is possible for a practising frequentist, and tries to elicit a Bayesian answer to questions of interest to frequentists. The argument is based on my presentation at a debate organised by the Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, between me as the frequentist "advocate", and Christian Robert on the Bayesian side.

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  • Russell Davidson, 2010. "An Agnostic Look at Bayesian Statistics and Econometrics," Review of Economic Analysis, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, vol. 2(2), pages 153-168, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ren:journl:v:2:y:2010:i:2:p:153-168
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    1. Davidson, Russell & Flachaire, Emmanuel, 2007. "Asymptotic and bootstrap inference for inequality and poverty measures," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 141(1), pages 141-166, November.
    2. Davidson, Russell, 2009. "Reliable inference for the Gini index," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 150(1), pages 30-40, May.
    3. Pierre Perron & Zhongjun Qu, 2007. "An Analytical Evaluation of the Log-periodogram Estimate in the Presence of Level Shifts," Boston University - Department of Economics - Working Papers Series wp2007-044, Boston University - Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Bayesian methods; bootstrap; Bahadur-Savage result;

    JEL classification:

    • C10 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - General
    • C11 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Bayesian Analysis: General
    • C50 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - General

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