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Ordinary least squares as a method of measurement

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Balzer, Wolfgang; Haendler, E.-W.

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Abstract The "classical" method of ordinary least squares which estimate two parameters of a linear (e.g. the demand) function is structuralistically reconstructed and is discussed from the point of theory of theories. The question is whether this statistical method can be subsumed under the notion of methods of measurement. The example used here is of course paradigmatic. The question in general is, whether a statistical procedure can be used in the right circumstances as a measurement procedure. We find arguments for the latter option.
Keywords theoretical economics; method
Classification National Economy
Free Keywords economics; statistics; model; structure; method of measurement; least squares
Document language English
Publication Year 1989
Page/Pages p. 129-146
Journal Erkenntnis, 30 (1989) 1-2
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works