Causation and Its Discontents

Part of the The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis book series (PSDE, volume 23)

It is impossible to escape the impression that population scientists commonly use false standards in adducing causation – that they seek to make claims about the power of their research in elucidating cause and effect and admire similar claims in others, and that they mis-estimate the true values of important causal parameters. And yet, in making any general judgment of this sort, we are in danger of forgetting how variegated the human population and the mental constructs associated with its apprehension are.

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Migration Smoke Posit Paral Lost 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Population Studies Center, University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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