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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, regression discontinuities Each section of the handbook 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 handbook 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.