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Across the BoundariesExtrapolation in Biology and Social Science$
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Daniel Steel

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331448

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331448.001.0001

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Extrapolation in Social Science

Extrapolation in Social Science

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Across the Boundaries

Daniel P. Steel (Contributor Webpage)

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Whereas the previous chapters focused on biological examples, this chapter considers whether the mechanisms approach to extrapolation can work in social science. Two main challenges are examined: that social mechanisms might not qualify as causal structure because they are often altered by policy interventions and that detailed knowledge of social mechanisms is often unavailable.

Keywords:   social science, welfare reform, preference reversal

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