IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this paper

Keynes among the statisticians

Listed author(s):
  • Aldrich, John
Registered author(s):

    This paper considers J. M. Keynes as a statistician and philosopher of statistics and the reaction of English statisticians to his critique of their work. It follows the development of Keynes's thinking through the two versions of his fellowship dissertation The Principles of Probability (1907/8) to his book A Treatise on Probability (1921). It places Keynes's ideas in the context of contemporary English and Continental statistical thought. Of the statisticians considered special attention is paid to the reactions of four: Edgeworth, Bowley, Jeffreys and R. A. Fisher Keywords; keynes, edgeworth, bowley, pearson, jeffreys, fisher, lexis, bortkiewicz

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    Paper provided by Economics Division, School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton in its series Discussion Paper Series In Economics And Econometrics with number 0611.

    in new window

    Date of creation: 01 Jan 2006
    Handle: RePEc:stn:sotoec:0611
    Contact details of provider: Postal:
    Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ

    Phone: (+44) 23 80592537
    Fax: (+44) 23 80593858
    Web page:

    More information through EDIRC

    References listed on IDEAS
    Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:

    in new window

    1. Bradley W. Bateman, 1990. "Keynes, Induction, and Econometrics," History of Political Economy, Duke University Press, vol. 22(2), pages 359-379, Summer.
    2. Hendry,David F. & Morgan,Mary S., 1995. "The Foundations of Econometric Analysis," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521380430, December.
    3. Conniffe, Denis, 1992. "Keynes on Probability and Statistical Inference and the Links to Fisher," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 16(4), pages 475-489, December.
    4. Hendry, David F., 1995. "Dynamic Econometrics," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780198283164.
    5. Stigler, Stephen, 2002. "Statisticians and the History of Economics," Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Cambridge University Press, vol. 24(02), pages 155-164, June.
    6. Teddy Seidenfeld, 1995. "Jeffreys, Fisher, and Keynes: Predicting the Third Observation, Given the First Two," History of Political Economy, Duke University Press, vol. 27(5), pages 39-52, Supplemen.
    7. Patinkin, Don, 1976. "Keynes and Econometrics: On the Interaction between the Macroeconomic Revolutions of the Interwar Period," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 44(6), pages 1091-1123, November.
    8. Toye, John, 2000. "Keynes on Population," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780198293620.
    9. Rod O'Donnell, 1992. "The Unwritten Books and Papers of J. M. Keynes," History of Political Economy, Duke University Press, vol. 24(4), pages 767-817, Winter.
    10. John Aldrich, 1992. "Probability and Depreciation: A History of the Stochastic Approach to Index Numbers," History of Political Economy, Duke University Press, vol. 24(3), pages 657-687, Fall.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:stn:sotoec:0611. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Chris Thorn)

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.