Collider Bias in Economic History Research

  title={Collider Bias in Economic History Research},
  author={Eric B. Schneider},
  journal={CEPR: Economic History (Topic)},
Economic historians have long been aware of many forms of bias that could lead to spurious causal inferences. However, our approach to these biases has been muddled at times by dealing with each bias separately and by confusion about the sources of bias and how to mitigate them. This paper shows how the methodology of directed acyclical graphs (DAGs) formulated by Pearl (2009) and particularly the concept of collider bias can provide economic historians with a unified approach to managing a… Expand
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