Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Mathematicians and Astronomers

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  3. From Least Squares to Eugenics

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  4. The Formation of Modern Statistics

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  5. The Birth of a Commission and Econometrics

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  6. What We Have Learned

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  7. Back Matter
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About this book


This is the seventh book in a series of discussions about the great minds in the history and theory of finance. While the series addresses the contributions of scholars in our understanding of financial decisions and markets, this seventh book describes how econometrics developed and how its underlying assumptions created the underpinning of much of modern financial theory. The author shows that the theorists of econometrics were a mix of mathematicians and cosmologists, entrepreneurs, economists and financial scholars. The author demonstrates that by laying down the foundation of empirical analysis, they also forever determined the way in which we think about financial returns and the vocabulary we employ to describe them. Through this volume, the reader can discover the life stories, inspirations, and theories of Carl Friedrich Gauss, Francis Galton, Karl Pearson, Ronald Aylmer Fisher, Harold Hotelling, Alfred Cowles III, Ragnar Frisch, and Trygve Haavelmo, specifically. We learn how each theorist made an intellectual leap simply by thinking about a conventional problem in an unconventional way.


Econometrics Statistics Economics theory Empirical Analysis History of Financial Thought Financial Returns European History

Authors and affiliations

  • Colin Read
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  1. 1.Professor of Economics and Finance former Dean of the School of Business and EconomicsThe State University of New York at Plattsburgh (SUNY)USA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-34136-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-34137-2
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