*(English)*Zbl 05639441

Publisher’s description: An observational study is an empiric investigation of effects caused by treatments when randomized experimentation is unethical or infeasible. Observational studies are common in most fields that study the effects of treatments on people, including medicine, economics, epidemiology, education, psychology, political science and sociology. The quality and strength of evidence provided by an observational study is determined largely by its design. This monograph is both an introduction to statistical inference in observational studies and a detailed discussion of the principles that guide the design of observational studies.

The book is divided into four parts. Chapters 2, 3, and 5 of Part I cover concisely, in about one hundred pages, many of the ideas discussed in the author’s [Observational Studies. New York, NY: Springer (2002; Zbl 0985.62091)] but in a less technical fashion. Part II discusses the practical aspects of using propensity scores and other tools to create a matched comparison that balances many covariates. Part II includes a chapter on matching in

##### MSC:

62-02 | Research monographs (statistics) |

62Kxx | Experimental statistical design |

62Pxx | Applications of statistics |