Social Choice with Partial Knowledge of Treatment Response
By (author) Charles F. Manski
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Social Choice with Partial Knowledge of Treatment Response by Charles F. Manski
Book DescriptionEconomists have long sought to learn the effect of a "treatment" on some outcome of interest, just as doctors do with their patients. A central practical objective of research on treatment response is to provide decision makers with information useful in choosing treatments. Often the decision maker is a social planner who must choose treatments for a heterogeneous population--for example, a physician choosing medical treatments for diverse patients or a judge choosing sentences for convicted offenders. But research on treatment response rarely provides all the information that planners would like to have. How then should planners use the available evidence to choose treatments? This book addresses key aspects of this broad question, exploring and partially resolving pervasive problems of identification and statistical inference that arise when studying treatment response and making treatment choices. Charles Manski addresses the treatment-choice problem directly using Abraham Wald's statistical decision theory, taking into account the ambiguity that arises from identification problems under weak but justifiable assumptions. The book unifies and further develops the influential line of research the author began in the late 1990s. It will be a valuable resource to researchers and upper-level graduate students in economics as well as other social sciences, statistics, epidemiology and related areas of public health, and operations research.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691121536
(216mm x 140mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 10-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Charles F. Manski
Public Policy in an Uncertain World, Hardback (February 2013)
Manski argues that public policy is based on untrustworthy analysis. Failing to account for uncertainty in an uncertain world, policy analysis routinely misleads policy makers with expressions of certitude. Manski critiques the status quo and offers an innovation to improve both how policy research is conducted and how it is used by policy makers.
Identification for Prediction and Decision, Hardback (December 2007)
Provides an exposition of Charles Manski's methodology for analyzing empirical questions in the social sciences. This book studies prediction with missing or otherwise incomplete data. It also concerns the analysis of treatment response, which aims to predict outcomes when alternative treatment rules are applied to a population.
Economics to Econometrics, Hardback (October 2007)
The original research papers collected in this volume continue the development of discrete choice analysis, of related structural models for analysis of choice behavior, and of the statistical theory used in inference on these models. Most papers in the volume are revised versions of ones presented at a 2005 conference in honor of Daniel L.
Identification Problems in the Social Sciences, Paperback (March 1999)» View all books by Charles F. Manski
This text provides a system that can be used in the analysis of the predictions that social and behavioural scientists can make from non-experimental and experimental data. It draws on examples from criminology, demography, epidemiology, social psychology and sociology as well as economics.
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Author Biography - Charles F. Manski
Charles F. Manski is Board of Trustees Professor of Economics at Northwestern University. He is the author of four books, including "Partial Identification of Probability Distributions" and "Identification Problems in the Social Sciences".
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