On the reception of haavelmo's econometric thought


Journal Article

The significance of Haavelmo's The Probability Approach in Econometrics (1944), the foundational document of modern econometrics, has been interpreted in widely different ways. Some regard it as a blueprint for a provocative (but ultimately unsuccessful) program dominated by the need for a priori theoretical identification of econometric models. Others focus more on statistical adequacy than on theoretical identification. They see its deepest insights as unduly neglected. The present article uses bibliometric techniques and a close reading of econometrics articles and textbooks to trace the way in which the economics profession received, interpreted, and transmitted Haavelmo's ideas. A key irony is that the first group calls for a reform of econometric thinking that goes several steps beyond Haavelmo's initial vision; the second group argues that essentially what the first group advocates was already in Haavelmo's Probability Approach from the beginning. © 2014 The History of Economics Society.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hoover, KD

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 45 - 65

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1469-9656

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1042-7716

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/S1053837214000029

Citation Source

  • Scopus