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Volume 7 Number 4: pp. 507-541

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Causal inference with observational data

Austin Nichols
Urban Institute
Washington, DC
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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.
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