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Causal inference with observational data

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  • Austin Nichols

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Problems with inferring causal relationships from nonexperimental data are briefly reviewed, and four broad classes of methods designed to allow estimation of and inference about causal parameters are described: panel regression, matching or reweighting, instrumental variables, and regression discontinuity. Practical examples are offered, and discussion focuses on checking required assumptions to the extent possible. Copyright 2007 by StataCorp LP.

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  • Austin Nichols, 2007. "Causal inference with observational data," Stata Journal, StataCorp LP, vol. 7(4), pages 507-541, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:tsj:stataj:v:7:y:2007:i:4:p:507-541
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