Journal of Economic Methodology 21 (1):54-76 (2014)

Alessio Moneta
Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant'Anna
Federica Russo
University of Amsterdam
Social research, from economics to demography and epidemiology, makes extensive use of statistical models in order to establish causal relations. The question arises as to what guarantees the causal interpretation of such models. In this paper we focus on econometrics and advance the view that causal models are ‘augmented’ statistical models that incorporate important causal information which contributes to their causal interpretation. The primary objective of this paper is to argue that causal claims are established on the basis of a plurality of evidence. We discuss the consequences of ‘evidential pluralism’ in the context of econometric modelling.
Keywords econometrics  statistical model  causal model  evidence pluralism  causality  role of evidence
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DOI 10.1080/1350178X.2014.886473
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