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Unpacking social interactions

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  • Ethan Cohen-Cole
  • Giulio Zanella

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As empirical work in identifying social effects becomes more prevalent, researchers are beginning to struggle with identifying the composition of social interactions within any given reference group. In this paper, we present a simple econometric methodology for the separate identification of multiple social interactions. The setting under which we achieve separation is special, but is likely to be appropriate in many applications.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in its series Risk and Policy Analysis Unit Working Paper with number QAU07-4.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedbqu:qau07-4

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Cited by:
  1. Franco Peracchi & Claudio Rossetti, 2010. "The heterogeneous thresholds ordered response model: Identification and inference," EIEF Working Papers Series 1012, Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF), revised Apr 2012.
  2. Ethan Cohen-Cole & Andrei Kirilenko & Eleonora Patacchini, 2010. "Are Networks Priced? Network Topology and Order Trading Strategies in High Liquidity Markets," EIEF Working Papers Series 1011, Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF), revised Apr 2010.
  3. Mikko Packalen, 2010. "Identification and Estimation of Social Interactions through Variation in Equilibrium Influence," Working Papers 1013, University of Waterloo, Department of Economics, revised Dec 2010.
  4. Ethan Cohen-Cole & Burcu Duygan-Bump, 2008. "Household bankruptcy decision: the role of social stigma vs. information sharing," Risk and Policy Analysis Unit Working Paper QAU08-6, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
  5. Ethan Cohen-Cole & Giulio Zanella, 2008. "Welfare Stigma or Information Sharing? Decomposing Social Interactions Effects in Social Benefit Use," Department of Economics University of Siena 531, Department of Economics, University of Siena.

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