Causal Inference in R: Introduction
2020-07-29
> who_are_we(c("lucy", "malcolm"))
https://www.lucymcgowan.com/
https://www.malco.io/
The three practices of analysis
Describe
Predict
Explain
Normal regression estimates associations. But we want
counterfactual, causal
estimates:
What would happen if
everyone
in the study were exposed to x vs if
no one
was exposed.
For causal inference, we need to make sometimes unverifiable assumptions.
Today, we’ll focus on the assumption of
no confounding
.
Tools for causal inference
Causal diagrams
Propensity score weighting
Propensity score matching
Other tools for causal inference
Randomized trials
G-methods & friends
Instrumental variables & friends
RStudio Cloud
:
https://bit.ly/causal-r-cloud
Resources
Causal Inference
: Comprehensive text on causal inference. Free online.
The Book of Why
: Detailed, friendly intro to DAGs and causal inference. Free online.
Mastering ’Metrics
: Friendly introduction to IV-based methods