Handbook of Causal Analysis for Social Research

Handbook of Causal Analysis for Social Research

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What constitutes a causal explanation, and must an explanation be causal? What warrants a causal inference, as opposed to a descriptive regularity? What techniques are available to detect when causal effects are present, and when can these techniques be used to identify the relative importance of these effects? What complications do the interactions of individuals create for these techniques? When can mixed methods of analysis be used to deepen causal accounts? Must causal claims include generative mechanisms, and how effective are empirical methods designed to discover them? The Handbook of Causal Anlaysis for Social Research tackles these questions with nineteen chapters from leading scholars in sociology, statistics, public health, computer science, and human development.The title of Freedmana#39;s (1991a) essay, after all, was a€œStatistical Models and Shoe Leathera€ [emphasis added]. ... Here is an example, abstracted from Rosenbaum ( 1984), beginning with a verbal outline of Rubina#39;s (1974, 2005) model foranbsp;...

Title:Handbook of Causal Analysis for Social Research
Author:Stephen L. Morgan
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2013-04-22


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