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Structural Equation Modelling

Willem E.Saris

In some fields of research it is not possible to apply experimental designs to control for confounding variables and to manipulate the causal variable. Some authors, like Cook & Campbell (1979), take the position that in such fields causal inferences are nearly impossible. This is, however, not the point of view of those working in the field of Structural equation models. We will show in this chapter, why we share this opinion.

Structural equation modelling started in Biology with a paper by Wright ...

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