Identifying Mechanisms behind Policy Interventions via Causal Mediation Analysis ∗

@inproceedings{Keele2015IdentifyingMB,
  title={Identifying Mechanisms behind Policy Interventions via Causal Mediation Analysis ∗},
  author={Luke J. Keele and Dustin Tingley and Teppei Yamamoto},
  year={2015}
}
Causal analysis in program evaluation has primarily focused on the question about whether or not a program, or package of policies, has an impact on the targeted outcome of interest. However, it is often of scientific and practical importance to also explain why such impacts occur. In this paper, we introduce causal mediation analysis, a statistical framework for analyzing causal mechanisms that has become increasingly popular in social and medical sciences in recent years. The framework… CONTINUE READING