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Stat Methods Med Res. 2002 Oct;11(5):373-80.

The ethics of consulting for the tobacco industry.

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  • 1Department of Statistics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.


This article describes how and why I became involved in consulting for the tobacco industry. I briefly discuss the four relatively distinct statistical topics that were the primary focus of my work, all of which have been central to my published academic research for over three decades: missing data; causal inference; adjustment for covariates in observational studies; and meta-analysis. To me, it is entirely appropriate to present the application of this academic work in a legal setting.

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