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Counterfactuals and Causal Inference (Analytical Methods for Social Research)

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Counterfactuals and Causal Inference (Analytical Methods for Social Research)

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In this second edition of Counterfactuals and Causal Inference, completely revised and expanded, the essential features of the counterfactual approach to observational data analysis are presented with examples from the social, demographic, and health sciences. Alternative estimation techniques are first introduced using both the potential outcome model and causal graphs; after which, conditioning techniques, such as matching and regression, are presented from a potential outcomes perspective. For research scenarios in which important determinants of causal exposure are unobserved, alternative techniques, such as instrumental variable estimators, longitudinal methods, and estimation via causal mechanisms, are then presented. The importance of causal effect heterogeneity is stressed throughout the book, and the need for deep causal explanation via mechanisms is discussed.

ISBN: 9781107694163

ISBN-10: 9781107694163

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 11/01/2014 - 12:00am

On Sale: 11/01/2014 - 12:00am

Pages: 515

Language: English

Categories

Research

Methodology

Probability & Statistics - General