Linear Panel Analysis

Linear Panel Analysis

Models of Quantitative Change

1st Edition - August 28, 1981

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  • Author: Ronald C. Kessler
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483297828

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Linear Panel Analysis: Models of Quantitative Change focuses on the use of linear models in the analysis of change data measured on a sample of individuals over multiple time points. This book is organized into 12 chapters. After a general introduction to change analysis in Chapter 1, some basic algebraic results on change scores are presented in Chapter 2. Chapter 3 constructs and analyzes structural equation models for studying the causes of change, while Chapter 4 outlines several ways of simply describing change in groups. The uses and abuses of cross-lagged panel correlations are discussed in Chapter 5. Chapters 6 to 10 deal with a variety of special topics that arise in panel analysis. The alternatives to the analysis of over-time data for a set of individuals are described in Chapter 11. The last chapter is devoted to the practical aspects of designing and carrying out the data collection phase of a panel study. This publication is intended for social scientists who work with change data.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    1. Introduction

    Methods for Analyzing Change

    The Historical Development of Panel Analysis Methods

    Linear Models for Analyzing Panel Data

    2. The Algebra of Change

    Stability and Change

    Change as a Determinant of Time 2 Status

    An Illustration: The Stability of Alienation

    Appendix A: An Analytic Investigation of the Stability Coefficient

    Appendix B: Brief Introduction to LISREL

    3. The Causal Analysis of Change

    Causality in Cross-Sectional Analysis

    A General Two-Wave, Two-Variable Model

    Fixing Values of Parameters

    Constraining Associations with Control Variables

    Consistency Constraints in Multiwave Models

    Appendix: Approach to Equilibrium in Two-Variable, Two-Wave Panel Models

    4. The Components of Change

    The Decomposition of Change

    Change in Political Democracy

    Structural Change

    The Structure of Black and White Mobility

    Structural and Exchange Components of Change

    5. Cross-Lagged Panel Correlations


    CLPC as a Tool for Causal Analysis

    CLPC as a Test for Spuriousness

    CLPC as a Control for Spuriousness

    The Comparison of Contending Model

    Appendix: CLPC as a Test for Spuriousness

    6. Separating the Effects of Position and Change

    Fixing Values of Parameters

    Constraining Relative Magnitudes of Parameters

    Elaborating the Causal Model

    Nonlinear Consistency Models

    Appendix: The Transformation and Interpretation of Nonlinear Models

    7. Serially Correlated Errors

    Sources of Serial Correlation

    Strategies for Dealing with Serially Correlated Errors

    8. Initial Model Specification

    The General Approach

    Theoretical Correlograms

    Basic Patterns of Correlograms

    Diagnostic Implications

    Extension to More Complex Models

    Appendix: The Analytical Properties of the Correlogram


    9. Sensitivity Analysis

    The Two-Wave, Two-Variable Model Revisited

    Incorrect Casual Lag

    10. Measurement Error

    Measurement Error in Regression Analysis

    Measurement Error in Panel Models

    Measurement Error Models

    Overview of Results

    11. Alternative Approaches

    Pooling Methods

    Differential Equations

    12. Design Considerations

    Designing a Panel Study

    The Follow-Back Panel

    Measurement Intervals

    Number of Waves

    Panel Attrition


    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 203
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1981
  • Published: August 28, 1981
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483297828

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