Monday, October 3, 2011

Making a Name for Yourself!

So you want to make a name for yourself? One way for an up-and-coming young econometrician to do this would be to come up with a new estimator or test that everyone subsequently associates with your name. For example, the the Aitken estimator; the Durbin-Watson test; the Cochrane-Orcutt estimator; the Breusch-Pagan test; White's robust covariance matrix estimator, etc.

This can be a bit risky - your new inferential procedure might not "catch on" as well as you hope it will. Worse yet, someone else might come up with a similar idea around the same time, and steal your glory.  A much safer way to make a name for yourself is to be the first to prove a result that has hitherto had everyone baffled.