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Representation in Econometrics: A Historical Perspective

  • Christopher L. Gilbert

    (Universit� degli Studi di Trento)

  • Duo Qin

    (Queen Mary, University of London)

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Measurement forms the substance of econometrics. This chapter outlines the history of econometrics from a measurement perspective - how have measurement errors been dealt with and how, from a methodological standpoint, did econometrics evolve so as to represent theory more adequately in relation to data? The evolution is organized in terms of four phases: 'theory and measurement', 'measurement and theory', 'measurement with theory' and 'measurement without theory'. The question of how measurement research has helped in the advancement of knowledge advance is discussed in the light of this history.

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Paper provided by Queen Mary University of London, School of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers with number 583.

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Date of creation: Jan 2007
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