G. S. Maddala

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G. S. Maddala
Born (1933-05-21)May 21, 1933
Died June 4, 1999(1999-06-04) (aged 66)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Fields Econometrics
Institutions Ohio State University 1994-99
University of Florida 1975-93
University of Rochester 1967-75
Stanford University 1963-67
Alma mater University of Chicago Ph.D. 1963
Bombay University M.A.
Andhra University B.A.
Doctoral advisor Zvi Griliches
Known for Theoretical and applied econometrics

Gangadharrao Soundalyarao "G. S." Maddala (May 21, 1933 – June 4, 1999) was an Indian American economist, mathematician, and teacher, known for his contributions in the field of econometrics and for the textbooks he authored in this field.

Biography and education[edit]

He was "born in India to a family of very modest means."[1]

He obtained a B.A. in Mathematics from Andhra University and, in 1957, an M.A. in Statistics from Bombay University.[1][2]

He came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar to the Economics department of the University of Chicago.[1]

In 1963 he completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago with a dissertation written under the supervision of Zvi Griliches.

Teaching and research career[edit]

Maddala's first faculty position was at Stanford University.

He held the University Eminent Scholar position at Ohio State University upon his death; previous university affiliations included Stanford University (1963–1967), University of Rochester (1967–1975), and the University of Florida (1975–1993).

Maddala published over 110 scholarly papers and wrote 12 books covering most of the emerging areas of econometrics. His 1983 book titled Limited Dependent and Qualitative Variables in Econometrics is now regarded as a classic and seminal text for advanced studies in econometrics.

In econometrics methodology, Maddala’s key areas of research and exposition included distributed lags, generalized least squares, panel data, simultaneous equations, errors in variables, income distribution, switching regressions, disequilibrium models, qualitative and limited dependent variable models, self-selection models, outliers and bootstrap methods, unit roots and cointegration methods, and Bayesian econometrics. In empirical economics, Maddala contributed to the areas of consumption, production and cost functions, money demand, regulation, pseudo-data, returns to college education, housing market discrimination, survey data on expectations, and risk premia in future markets.[2]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Maddala, G.S. (1963). "Technological Change in the Bituminous Coal Industry, 1919-1954". Ph.D. dissertation, The University of Chicago, United States—Illinois.
  • _____ (1983). Limited Dependent and Qualitative Variables in Econometrics, Cambridge. Description, and preview.
  • _____ (1992). Introduction to Econometrics, 2nd ed., Macmillan.

Memorials and tributes[edit]

The G.S. Maddala Memorial Fund, at Ohio State University, was created in 2004, by Dr. Maddala's wife (Kay) and colleagues and students. It provides awards "to graduate students for excellence in quantitative research using econometrics, both theoretical and applied" and sponsors distinguished speakers.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b c Kajal Lahiri and Peter C.B. Phillips (1999). "Obituary: G.S. Maddala, 1933–1999". Econometric Theory. 15: 639–641.  (obituary dated June 14, 1999; copy available here)
  2. ^ a b Kajal Lahiri (1999). "ET Interview: G.S. Maddala". Econometric Theory. 15: 753–776.  (copy available here)
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  4. ^ Department of Economics: Giving

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