Retention

Definition:

The number of units allocated to an underwriting syndicate member less the units held back by the syndicate manager for facilitating institutional sales and for allocation to nonmember firms. In the context of construction contracts, an amount retained from construction contract payments (5-15% of the contract price) to ensure the contractor completes the construction before the retention is returned.

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Measurement error

Errors in measuring an explanatory variable in a regression, which leads to biases in estimated parameters.

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