RAND Statistics Seminar Series

Identification of Social Interactions

Presented by Steven N. Durlauf, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, University of Wisconsin
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
Conference Room 6207a, RAND Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA

Other Locations/Times:
Washington, D.C., Conf. Rm. 4302 1:30 p.m. ET
Santa Monica, CA, Conf. Rm. 2309 10:30 a.m. PT
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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.

Speaker Bio

Steven N. Durlauf is a Kenneth J. Arrow and Laurits R, Christensen Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Durlauf has worked extensively on methodological issues involving inequality, social determinants of behavior and policy evaluation. He was general editor of the most recent edition of the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics.

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