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Introduction to Sample Selection Bias in Sociological Data

NCJ Number
232677
Journal
American Sociological Review Volume: 48 Dated: June 1983 Pages: 386-398
Author(s)
Richard A. Berk
Date Published
June 1983
Length
13 pages
Annotation

This study reviewed recent advances in the diagnosis of and corrections for "sample selection bias."

Abstract

Sampling has long been central in discussions of sociological research methods. Yet, with few exceptions, recent developments on the nature of sampling bias have not filtered into sociological practice. This neglect represents a major oversight with potentially dramatic consequences since internal as well as external validity is threatened. In response, this paper undertakes a brief review of recent advances in the diagnosis of and corrections for "sample selection bias." (Published Abstract)

Date Published: June 1, 1983