The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Maximum Likelihood

  • Jack R. Porter
Reference work entry


Maximum likelihood is a method of estimation developed for fully specified parametric likelihood settings. In smooth parametric models, maximum likelihood has a number of desirable properties, including consistency, asymptotic normality, and asymptotic efficiency. Maximum likelihood has been usefully extended to various semiparametric and nonparametric settings.


Asymptotic normality Bootstrap Confidence region Consistency EM algorithm Empirical likelihood Fisher, R. A. Generalized method of moments Invariance Law of large numbers Likelihood principle Local likelihood Log likelihood ratio Maximum likelihood Nonparametric regression Semiparametric estimation Statistical inference Sufficiency 

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