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Causal models in the social sciences, 2d ed. (reprint 1985).


Causal models in the social sciences, 2d ed. (reprint 1985)

Ed. by H.M. Blalock, Jr.



448 pages



Causal models are being more widely used in the social sciences, but most of them originate in econometrics, and explanations of how to use them tend to assume a higher degree of mathematical sophistication than sociologists and political sciences seek. Contributors identified only by name set out the main models for social scientists who have an introductory knowledge of causal models and have been exposed to simple least-squares procedures but have no training in mathematical statistics. They cover simple recursive models and path analysis, simultaneous-equation techniques, and the casual approach to measurement error and aggregation. The first edition was published in 1971, and rather than drop too many foundational chapters to make way for recent work, Blalock splits the original into two volumes, the other one focusing on panel and experimental design.

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