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Across the BoundariesExtrapolation in Biology and Social Science$
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Daniel Steel

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331448

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331448.001.0001

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Social Mechanisms and Process Tracing

Social Mechanisms and Process Tracing

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(p.174) 9 Social Mechanisms and Process Tracing
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Across the Boundaries
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Daniel P. Steel (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331448.003.0009

This chapter examines how mechanisms can be discovered in the social sciences. Process tracing is sometimes put forward as a procedure for discovering mechanisms and contrasted with inferring causal inference from statistical data. Chapter 9 argues that the correct contrast with process tracing is not causal inference and provides an account of how these two modes of inference are related.

Keywords:   process tracing, causal inference, mechanisms, instrumental variables

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