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Causal inference with observational data

Austin Nichols

Stata Journal, 2007, vol. 7, issue 4, 507-541

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: xtreg; psmatch2; nnmatch; ivreg; ivreg2; ivregress; rd; lpoly; xtoverid; ranktest; causal inference; match; matching; reweighting; propensity score; panel; instrumental variables; excluded instrument; weak identification; regression; discontinuity; local polynomial (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007
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