‘The editors of the new SAGE Handbook of Regression Analysis and Causal Inference have assembled a wide-ranging, high-quality, and timely collection of articles on topics of central importance to quantitative social research, many written by leaders in the field. Everyone engaged in statistical analysis of social-science data will find something of interest in this book.’
- John Fox, Professor, Department of Sociology, McMaster University
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Edited and written by a team of leading international social scientists, this Handbook provides a comprehensive introduction to multivariate methods. The Handbook focuses on regression analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal data with an emphasis on causal analysis, thereby covering a large number of different techniques including selection models, complex samples, and regression discontinuities.
Each Part starts with a non-mathematical introduction to the method covered in that section, giving readers a basic knowledge of the method's logic, scope and unique features. Next, the mathematical and statistical basis of each method is presented along with advanced aspects. Using real-world data from the European Social Survey (ESS) and the Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP), the book provides a comprehensive discussion of each method's application, making this an ideal text for PhD students and researchers embarking on their own data analysis.
Chapter 6: Non-Linear and Non-Additive Effects in Linear Regression
This chapter discusses the approaches to modeling non-additive and non-linear relationships within the framework of multiple regression. When using multiple regression in its simplest form we have to assume that relationships are linear and additive (see Chapter 5 in this volume). Linearity means that the strength of a relationship between a variable X and a variable Y does not differ across the range of the variable X. However, many research questions in the social sciences address non-linear relationships. We speak of additivity if the relationship between a variable X1 and a variable Y is not dependent on the value of a variable X2. Yet often we observe interactions between two variables: the ...