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What Social Epidemiology Brings to the Table: Reconciling Social Epidemiology and Causal Inference

Citation

Robinson, Whitney R. & Bailey, Zinzi D. (2020). What Social Epidemiology Brings to the Table: Reconciling Social Epidemiology and Causal Inference. American Journal of Epidemiology, 189(3), 171-174.

Abstract

In response to Galea & Hernan article, "AJE-00585-2019.R1 - Win-win: Reconciling social epidemiology and causal inference," we offer a definition of social epidemiology. We then argue that methodological challenges most salient to social epidemiology have not been adequately addressed in quantitative causal inference, that identifying causes is a worthy scientific goal, and that quantitative causal inference can learn from social epidemiology's methodological innovations. Finally, we make three recommendations for quantitative causal inference.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwz197

Reference Type

Journal Article

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Year Published

2020

Journal Title

American Journal of Epidemiology

Author(s)

Robinson, Whitney R.
Bailey, Zinzi D.