Synopses & Reviews
In this compelling book, David Hendry and Mary Morgan bring together the classic papers of the pioneer econometricians, some of which have never been published before. Together, these papers form the foundations of econometric thought. They are essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the aims, method and methodology of econometrics and the development of this statistical approach in economics. An editorial commentary places the readings in their historical context and indicates the continuing relevance of these early, yet highly sophisticated, works for current econometric analysis.
Review
"The readings in this collection are subtle in their approach to ideas and problems yet remain technically straightforward, making this volume accessible to students and non-specialists alike." Business Horizons"An instant classic for students of the history of econometrics....A must for anyone interested in the development of econometric ideas..." Choice"I cannot recommend Foundations highly enough. Every student of econometrics, indeed every serious economist, would profit from the time spent with this volume." Kevin D. Hoover, Econometric Reviews
Synopsis
A collection of the classic papers of the pioneer econometricians which form the foundations of econometric thought.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Part I. The Emerging Role of Econometrics in Economics: 1. The scope and method of political economy J. N. Keynes; 2. Business cycles W. C. Mitchell; 3. Economic cycles: their law and cause H. L. Moore; 4. An essay on the nature and significance of economic science L. Robbins; 5. The common sense of econometrics J. A. Schumpeter; Part II. Early Time Series Analysis: 6. On the study of periodic commercial fluctuations W. S. Jevons; 7. Correlation of the marriage rate with trade R. H. Hooker; 8. The correlation of economic statistics W. M. Persons; 9. Why do we get nonsense correlations between time series? G. U. Yule; 10. On a method of investigating periodicities in disturbed series, with special reference to Wolfer's sunspot numbers G. U. Yule; 11. A random difference series for use in the analysis of time series H. Working; 12. Calculation and elimination of seasonal fluctuations A. Wald; 13. Morgenstern on economic forecasting A. W. Marget; Part III. Applied Econometrics and the Identification Problem: 14. The elasticity of the demand for wheat R. A. Lehfeldt; 15. Economic cycles: their law and cause H. L. Moore; 16. Moore's economic cycles P. G. Wright; 17. A moving equilibrium of demand and supply H. L. Moore; 18. Statistical laws of demand and supply P. G. Wright; 19. Determination and interpretation of supply curves J. Tinbergen; Part IV. The Evolution of Statistical Thinking in Econometrics: 20. Statistical laws of demand and supply with special application to sugar H. Schultz; 21. 'Pitfalls' debate R. Frisch, W. W. Leontief and J. Marschak; 22. Statistical confluence analysis by means of complete regression systems R. Frisch; 23. Linear regression analysis of economic time series T. C. Koopmans; 24. Statistical testing of business cycle theories J. Tinbergen; 25. Residual variables in regression and confluence analysis O. Reiersöl; Part V. Dynamic Models: 26. Our unstable dollar and the so-called business cycle I. Fisher; 27. The notions of horizon and expectance in dynamic economics J. Tinbergen; 28. Propagation problems and impulse problems in dynamic economics R. Frisch; 29. Statistical testing of business cycle theories: business cycles in the United States of America 1919-1932 J. Tinbergen; 30. Statistical estimation of economic relationships H. O. A. Wold; 31. Prolegomena to a pressure-analysis of economic phenomena R. Frisch; Part VI. The Tinbergen Debate: 32. Statistical testing of business cycle theories: a method and its application to investment activity J. Tinbergen; 33. Professor Tinbergen's method J. N. Keynes; 34. Mr Keynes on the statistical verification of business cycle theories J. Marschak and O. Lange; 34. Econometric testing of business cycle research J. Tinbergen; 35. Autonomy of economic relations R. Frisch; Part VII. Structure and Simultaneity: 36. Economic interdependence and statistical analysis J. Marschak; 37. The probability approach in econometrics T. Haavelmo; 38. The statistical implications of a system of simultaneous equations T. Haavelmo; 39. Statistical estimation of economic relationships H. O. A. Wold; Part VIII. The Probabilistic Revolution: 40. The probability approach in econometrics T. Haavelmo; 41. 'Measurement without theory' debate T. C. Koopmans, R. Vining, and M. Hastay; Part IX. Exogeneity: 42. When is an equation system complete for statistical purposes? T. C. Koopmans; 43. Towards partial redirection of econometrics, actions, consequences and casual relations G. H. Orcutt; Conclusion.