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# Testing Statistical Testing

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## Abstract

At a recent conference on problems in economics the following problem was raised:

This should not be taken to mean that the theory and practice of economics and econometrics is not scientific. It rather points to the need for a greater effort among philosophers to tie their analyses to actual scientific practice. More specifically, it indicates a need for philosophers of science to examine statistical theorizing in science, since inference and explanation in economics is often statistical in nature.Econometricians like to think of themselves as scientists, and their methods as scientific. Students of the philosophy of science, on the other hand, have not had any notable success in relating the formal concepts of scientific method or the logic of scientific explanation and theory construction to either the method or the theory of econometrics [3, p. 238].

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Bayesian Inference Sample Space Standard Methodology Bayesian Theory Likelihood Principle
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