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Introductory EconometricsIntuition, Proof, and Practice$
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Jeffrey Zax

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804772624

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804772624.001.0001

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Confidence Intervals and Hypothesis Tests

Confidence Intervals and Hypothesis Tests

(p.191) Chapter 6 Confidence Intervals and Hypothesis Tests
Introductory Econometrics
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This chapter discusses confidence intervals and hypothesis tests. Confidence intervals provide ranges that contain the parameters with prespecified degrees of certainty. Hypothesis tests evaluate whether the data at hand are consistent or inconsistent with prespecified beliefs about parameter values. They are more useful if they are unlikely to contradict these beliefs when the beliefs are really true, and if they are unlikely to be consistent with these beliefs when the beliefs are really false.

Keywords:   regression analysis, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing

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