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Propensity Score Methods and Applications
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Propensity Score Methods and Applications



December 2018 | 112 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
A concise, introductory text, Propensity Score Methods and Applications describes propensity score methods (PSM) and how they are used to balance the distributions of observed covariates between treatment conditions as a means to reduce selection bias. This new QASS title specifically focuses on the procedures of implementing PSM for research in social sciences, instead of merely demonstrating the effectiveness of the method.  

Using succinct and approachable language to introduce the basic concepts of PSM, authors Haiyan Bai and M. H. Clark present basic concepts, assumptions, procedures, available software packages, and step-by-step examples for implementing PSM using real-world data, with exercises at the end of each chapter allowing readers to replicate examples on their own.
 
Chapter 1: Basic Concepts of Propensity Score Methods
Causal Inference  
Propensity Scores  
Assumptions  
Summary of the Chapter  
 
Chapter 2: Covariate Selection and Propensity Score Estimation
Covariate Selection  
Propensity Score Estimation  
Summary of the Chapter  
An Example  
 
Chapter 3: Propensity Score Adjustment Methods
Propensity Score Matching  
Other PS Adjustment Methods  
Summary of the Chapter  
An Example  
 
Chapter 4: Covariate Evaluation and Causal Effect Estimation
Evaluating the Balance of Covariate Distributions  
Causal Effect Estimation  
Sensitivity Analysis  
Summary of the Chapter  
An Example  
 
Chapter 5: Conclusion
Limitations of the PS Methods and How to Address Them  
Summary of PS Procedures  
Final Comments  

Supplements

Student Study Site
Datasets to be used alongside the book are available for download. 

“Haiyan Bai and M.H. Clark have delivered a readable and easily applicable guide for eager researchers with data-in-hand, chomping at the bit to determine whether and how their empirical challenges might be addressed through the careful application of propensity score methods.”

Adam Seth Litwin
Cornell University

“This volume provides a thorough introduction to propensity score methods while taking care to not overwhelm the reader with dense mathematics. Simple examples, straightforward language, and a catalog of software options make this a fine primer for researchers seeking to incorporate propensity score methods into their own research plans, and an excellent desk reference.”

Christopher Michael Sedelmaier
University of New Haven

“This book contains excellent descriptions of propensity score matching with practical examples and clear guides using different software programs.”

Mido Chang
Florida International University
Key features

KEY FEATURES: 

  • Written for substantive researchers rather than statisticians, the authors introduce the basic concepts of propensity score methods (PSM) using concise, plain language.
  • A FREE companion website includes statistical code, output, and interpretations for several statistical packages, allowing researchers to practice implementing PSM.
  • Clear, distinctive steps throughout the text instruct readers on how they can effectively apply PSM to their own studies.
  • Researchers are able to make modifications to analyses depending on data-specific conditions and the book provides helpful guidelines for which procedures are most appropriate.
  • Helpful checklists summarize when and how to use PSM, providing brief reminders of the fundamental steps in conducting PSM.
 

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