Identification of Social Interactions

154 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2010  

Lawrence E. Blume

Cornell University - Department of Economics; Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS); Santa Fe Institute

William A. Brock

University of Wisconsin, Madison - Department of Economics; University of Missouri at Columbia - Department of Economics

Steven N. Durlauf

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Yannis M. Ioannides

Tufts University

Date Written: August 16, 2010

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.

Keywords: social interactions, social networks, identification

JEL Classification: C21, C23, C31, C35, C72, Z13

Suggested Citation

Blume, Lawrence E. and Brock, William A. and Durlauf, Steven N. and Ioannides, Yannis M., Identification of Social Interactions (August 16, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1660002 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1660002

Lawrence E. Blume

Cornell University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Santa Fe Institute

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William A. Brock

University of Wisconsin, Madison - Department of Economics ( email )

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University of Missouri at Columbia - Department of Economics ( email )

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Steven N. Durlauf (Contact Author)

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Economics ( email )

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Madison, WI 53706
United States
608-263-6269 (Phone)
608-262-2033 (Fax)

Yannis M. Ioannides

Tufts University ( email )

Medford, MA 02155
United States

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