Econometric Theory

Research Article

BAYESIAN ECONOMETRICS: The First Twenty Years

Duo QINa1

a1 Queen Mary and Westfield College

Abstract

This paper sketches the history of how Bayesian inference was adopted and utilized in econometrics during its first 20 years. It focuses on the causes of the Bayesian movement, the ways in which Bayesian inference was applied, the problems that the application was intended to solve, and the results achieved. It shows that Bayesian research has largely followed mainstream econometric development as far as the major econometric ideas and methods are concerned and that Bayesian reformulation of mainstream econometrics has nevertheless helped in deepening econometricians' understanding of many modeling problems by presenting them from a different angle.

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