Age-Period-Cohort Models: Approaches and Analyses with Aggregate Data

1st Edition

Robert O'Brien

Chapman and Hall/CRC
Published August 19, 2014
Reference - 216 Pages - 25 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466551534 - CAT# K15175
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Statistics in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Summary

Develop a Deep Understanding of the Statistical Issues of APC Analysis

Age–Period–Cohort Models: Approaches and Analyses with Aggregate Data presents an introduction to the problems and strategies for modeling age, period, and cohort (APC) effects for aggregate-level data. These strategies include constrained estimation, the use of age and/or period and/or cohort characteristics, estimable functions, variance decomposition, and a new technique called the s-constraint approach.

See How Common Methods Are Related to Each Other

After a general and wide-ranging introductory chapter, the book explains the identification problem from algebraic and geometric perspectives and discusses constrained regression. It then covers important strategies that provide information that does not directly depend on the constraints used to identify the APC model. The final chapter presents a specific empirical example showing that a combination of the approaches can make a compelling case for particular APC effects.

Get Answers to Questions about the Relationships of Ages, Periods, and Cohorts to Important Substantive Variables

This book incorporates several APC approaches into one resource, emphasizing both their geometry and algebra. This integrated presentation helps researchers effectively judge the strengths and weaknesses of the methods, which should lead to better future research and better interpretation of existing research.

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