Event History Analysis Resources

Several people have asked me about books/readings on event history analysis (aka survival analysis).  Here’s my recommendation, particularly for people with some prior familiarity with EHA:

Cleves, Mario, William W. Gould, and Roberto Gutierrez.  2004.  An Introduction to Survival Analysis Using Stata, Revised Edition.  Stata Press.

It has the best explanation of the difference between Cox (semi-parametric) models and parametric models.

It has the best explanation of the uses of constant rate (exponential) models.

It does a very good job explaining some other often-confused issues, such as the difference between “normal” and “accelerated failure time” models, and the different types of frailty models.

And, it explains how to do things in Stata, which I use in my classes.  The only thing is that it doesn’t have substantive examples relevant to the social sciences.

That said, there are other very good books out there.  Box-Steffensmeier and Jones (2004) brings some nice substantive examples in political science, and does a good job of explaining the merits of Cox models.  The Blossfeld et al (2007) Stata book has great discussions of conceptual and research design issues — I always assign Chapter 10, which offers very helpful advice.

I also have lecture slides that some people have found helpful, both in my classes on advanced regression and my class on event history analysis:  http://www.socsci.uci.edu/~schofer/teaching.html

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