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Identification of Social Interactions

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  • Blume, Lawrence E.

    (Cornell University, and Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, and Santa Fe Institute)

  • Brock, William A.

    (University of Wisconsin)

  • Durlauf, Steven N.

    (Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

  • Ioannides, Yannis M.

    (Tufts University)

Abstract

While interest in social determinants of individual behavior has led to a rich theoretical literature and many efforts to measure these influences, a mature “social econometrics” has yet to emerge. This chapter provides a critical overview of the identification of social interactions. We consider linear and discrete choice models as well as social networks structures. We also consider experimental and quasi-experimental methods. In addition to describing the state of the identification literature, we indicate areas where additional research is especially needed and suggest some directions that appear to be especially promising.

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Paper provided by Institute for Advanced Studies in its series Economics Series with number 260.

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Length: 148 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ihs:ihsesp:260

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