An Introduction to Hypergeometric Functions for Economists

Econometric Reviews, Vol. 18, pp. 287-330, 1999

44 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2012

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Karim M. Abadir

Imperial College Business School

Date Written: 1999

Abstract

Hypergeometric functions are a generalization of exponential functions. They are explicit, computable functions that can also be manipulated analytically. The functions and series we use in quantitative economics are all special cases of them. In this paper, a unified approach to hypergeometric functions is given. As a result, some potentially useful general applications emerge in a number of areas such as in econometrics and economic theory. The greatest benefit from using these functions stems from the fact that they provide parsimonious explicit (and interpretable) solutions to a wide range of general problems.

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Abadir, Karim M., An Introduction to Hypergeometric Functions for Economists (1999). Econometric Reviews, Vol. 18, pp. 287-330, 1999. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1985291

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