Ceteris paribus: An evolution within agricultural econometrics Academic Article uri icon


  • This article considers the role that ceteris paribus has played in the historical development of empirical demand analysis in agriculture. Ceteris paribus was viewed as unobtainable by the early economic statisticians. Econometricians invoked the experimental paradigm to assure ceteris paribus. Whether researchers achieve ceteris paribus in observational data remained, for the first econometricians, an unanswered question. However, the next generation of econometricians appear to have taken ceteris paribus for granted. The possibility of an evolutionary economic system suggests that ceteris paribus may not be obtainable outside the laboratory. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Bessler, D. A., & Dearmont, D.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Bessler, DA||Dearmont, D

publication date

  • January 1996