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What did I leave out? Omitted variables in regression and qualitative comparative analysis

Radaelli, CM; Wagemann, C; (2018) What did I leave out? Omitted variables in regression and qualitative comparative analysis. European Political Science , 18 pp. 275-290. 10.1057/s41304-017-0142-7. Green open access

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Abstract

Social scientists often face a fundamental problem: Did I leave something causally important out of my explanation? How do I diagnose this? Where do I look for solutions to this problem? We build bridges between regression models and qualitative comparative analysis by comparing diagnostics and solutions to the problem of omitted variables and conditions. We then discuss various approaches and tackle the theoretical issues around causality which must be addressed before attending to technical fixes. In the conclusions, we reflect on the bridges built between the two traditions and draw more general lessons about the logic of social science research.

Type: Article
Title: What did I leave out? Omitted variables in regression and qualitative comparative analysis
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1057/s41304-017-0142-7
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41304-017-0142-7
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Causality, Econometrics, Qualitative comparative analysis, Research design, Regression analysis
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10059248
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