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Disturbing Distributions in Economic Statistics

Thursday, November 10, 2016 0:41
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by Philip Pilkington

Article of the Week from Fixing the Economists

Lars Syll has recently published an excellent post on the dilemma of probability theory when applied to the social sciences in general and economics in particular. Syll argues that in order to apply probability theory – which is deeply embedded not simply in mainstream economic models but also in econometric techniques – we must first be sure that the underlying system being studied conforms to certain presuppositions of probability theory.

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