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- DescriptionThis book is a full-scale exposition of Charles Manski's new methodology for analyzing empirical questions in the social sciences. He recommends that researchers first ask what can be learned from data alone, and then ask what can be learned when data are combined with credible weak assumptions. Inferences predicated on weak assumptions, he argues, can achieve wide consensus, while ones that require strong assumptions almost inevitably are subject to sharp disagreements.Building on the foundation laid in the author's Identification Problems in the Social Sciences (Harvard, 1995), the book's fifteen chapters are organized in three parts. Part I studies prediction with missing or otherwise incomplete data. Part II concerns the analysis of treatment response, which aims to predict outcomes when alternative treatment rules are applied to a population. Part III studies prediction of choice behaviour.Each chapter juxtaposes developments of methodology with empirical or numerical illustrations. The book employs a simple tation and mathematical apparatus, using only basic elements of probability theory.
- Author BiographyCharles F. Manski is Board of Trustees Professor of Economics, Northwestern University.
- Author(s)Charles F. Manski
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication14/12/2007
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Content Note2 line illustrations, 7 tables
- Weight646 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine27 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards,With printed dust jacket,Reinforced binding
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