The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Full and Limited Information Methods

  • Thomas J. Rothenberg
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Econometricians have developed a number of alternative methods for estimating parameters and testing hypotheses in simultaneous equations models. Some of these are limited information methods that can be applied one equation at a time and require only minimal specification of the other equations in the system. In contrast, the full information methods treat the system as a whole and require a complete specification of all the equations.

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