Unpacking the Black Box of Causality: Learning about Causal Mechanisms from Experimental and Observational Studies

@inproceedings{Imai2011UnpackingTB,
  title={Unpacking the Black Box of Causality: Learning about Causal Mechanisms from Experimental and Observational Studies},
  author={Kosuke Imai and Luke Keele and Dustin Tingley and Teppei Yamamoto},
  year={2011}
}
Identifying causal mechanisms is a fundamental goal of social science. Researchers seek to study not only whether one variable affects another but also how such a causal relationship arises. Yet commonly used statistical methods for identifying causal mechanisms rely upon untestable assumptions and are often inappropriate even under those assumptions. Randomizing treatment and intermediate variables is also insufficient. Despite these difficulties, the study of causal mechanisms is too… CONTINUE READING

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