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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

(p.174) 9 Social Mechanisms and Process Tracing
Across the Boundaries

Daniel P. Steel (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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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