Scott Cunningham

professor of economics
baylor university

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Causal Inference: The Mixtape.

An accessible, contemporary introduction to the methods for determining cause and effect in the social sciences

Causal inference encompasses the tools that allow social scientists to determine what causes what. In a messy world, causal inference is what helps establish the causes and effects of the actions being studied—for example, the impact (or lack thereof) of increases in the minimum wage on employment, the effects of early childhood education on incarceration later in life, or the influence on economic growth of introducing malaria nets in developing regions. The book introduces students and practitioners to the methods necessary to arrive at meaningful answers to the questions of causation, using a range of modeling techniques and coding instructions for both the R and the Stata programming languages.

Yale University Press is publishing a beautiful physical copy, which is available for preorder now, and physical delivery on January 26, 2021.

In addition to a hard copy book, Yale has graciously agree to continue publishing a free online HTML version of the mixtape to my website. The free HTML version will be identical to the physical book but also include interactive R programming examples that can be run from the browser, which I think is pretty slick. It will be easy on the eyes and beautiful to gaze upon. If you like it, consider buying it, unless your willingness to pay for the hard copy is less than $35, in which case don't. Either way, the online HTML version is free and for the people.

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