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Unpacking social interactions

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  • Ethan Cohen-Cole
  • Giulio Zanella

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
Handle: RePEc:fip:fedbqu:qau07-4
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