Econometrics as practiced by Arthur (Art) Goldberger demonstrates extraordinary sensitivity to issues of measurement and model specification, and unusual care and caution in interpretation of results, as well as a thorough and comprehensive mastery of econometric theory. His landmark 1964 book, Econometric Theory, set a new standard of rigor in econometrics, and at the same time treated the important problems posed by limited and qualitative dependent variables years before any other text. Art Goldberger's work ranges from early contributions to macro modeling through demand analysis, multivariate modeling with latent variables, and models for sample selectivity, to his highly regarded work on important social issues of heritability of IQ, effectiveness of public versus private schools, and measurement of salary discrimination. Goldberger's influential work, especially on modeling latent or unobservable variables, is widely known and applied in sociology and psychology as well as in economics. Art has been at Wisconsin for many years, and this association is an important reason for Wisconsin's continuing reputation as a leading center for quantitative social sciences.
The quality and influence of Art Goldberger's work has earned him many professional honors. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the American Statistical Association, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has twice been a Guggenheim Fellow. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Art gave the Woytinsky Lecture at the University of Michigan in 1985.
This interview took place on May 5 in Art Goldberger's office overlooking Lake Mendota. Art's remarks cover a wide range of topics, and I hope they are of interest to social scientists generally as well as to econometricians.