Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (ISBN 0-521-67436-0/pbk; 0-521-85762-7/hbk). ix, 489 p. £ 22.99, $ 39.99/pbk; £ 50.00, $ 90.00/hbk (2006).
Matched sampling is often used to help assess the causal effect of some exposure or intervention, typically when randomised experiments are not available or cannot be conducted for ethical or other reasons. This particular book presents a selection of the author’s research articles on matched sampling, from the early 70 s to recent contributions in this field. The articles include fundamental theoretical studies that have become classics, important extensions, and real applications that range from breast cancer treatments to tobacco litigation and studies of criminal tendencies. The articles are organised in seven parts. Each part includes an introduction that provides the historical and personal context and discusses the relevance of the work today. The book includes also a final essay that offers advice to investigators designing observational studies. The book provides an accessible introduction to the study of matched sampling and as such it is well addressed to students and researchers in statistics, epidemiology, medicine, economics, education, sociology, political science, and anyone doing empirical research to evaluate the causal effects of interventions.