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Ludwig von Mises: "Only stilted pedants can conceive the idea that there are absolute norms to tell what is beautiful and what is not. They try to derive from the works of the past a code of rules with which, as they fancy, the writers and artists of the future should comply. But the genius does not cooperate with the pundit." - Theory and History


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Ludwig von MisesAs a method of economic analysis econometrics is a childish play with figures that does not contribute anything to the elucidation of the problems of economic reality.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 63Econometrics
Ludwig von MisesThe specific experience with which economics and economic statistics are concerned always refers to the past. It is history, and as such does not provide knowledge about a regularity that will manifest itself also in the future.Epistemological Problems of Economics p. xivEconometrics
Ludwig von MisesAs there are in the field of social affairs no constant relations between magnitudes, no measurement is possible and economics can never become quantitative.The Theory of Money and Credit p. 460Econometrics
Ludwig von MisesEvery quantity that we can observe is a historical event, a fact which cannot be fully described without specifying the time and geographical point. The econometrician is unable to disprove this fact, which cuts the ground from under his reasoning. He cannot help admitting that there are no behavior constants.Theory and History p. 10Econometrics