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A history of the histories of econometrics.

Boumans, Marcel and Dupont-Kieffer, Ariane (2011): A history of the histories of econometrics. Published in: History of Political Economy , Vol. 43, No. Annual supplement : pp. 5-31.

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Abstract

Understanding the history of econometrics as a modern science also asks for understanding of the development of the image of science, which includes the history of philosophy of science and the history of economic methodology. Beside that philosophers of science need to be historically informed, historians of science need to be philosophical informed, which mean more precisely here that they need to be informed about the developments of the philosophical ideas about science. Corry's distinction between the body and image of knowledge does not only provide a framework to write histories of econometrics, but also to write a history of these histories. From its beginnings, econometricians have considered historical knowledge as reflexive knowledge useful to delineate their discipline.

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