Inferring the direction of causation in cross-sectional twin data: theoretical and empirical considerations.

@article{Duffy1994InferringTD,
  title={Inferring the direction of causation in cross-sectional twin data: theoretical and empirical considerations.},
  author={David L Duffy and Nicholas G. Martin},
  journal={Genetic epidemiology},
  year={1994},
  volume={11 6},
  pages={483-502}
}
A recent multivariate extension of the classical twin study in theory allows the inference of the direction of causation between correlated traits solely using cross-sectional data. In this paper we briefly review this model and assess its usefulness by applying it to a number of pairs of biological and psychological variables between which the nature of the causative relationship is already known. We conclude that the method has a number of biases and limitations. If a causative relationship… CONTINUE READING
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