Chapter 25: Survival analysis in international relations
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International Relations (IR) scholars often focus on questions where time is the dependent variable. This growing literature includes examining the duration of different phenomena such as conflict, negotiations of trade agreements, and the political survival of leaders as a function of international events. These questions can be analyzed using survival analysis. To help scholars gain a better understanding of this method, we briefly explain when and how to use survival analysis. We also introduce a number of methods for interpreting, evaluating, and diagnosing different survival models. The relative novelty of employing survival models in the field of IR means there are many exciting and significant unexplored areas of research and questions.

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