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Models and Methods to Identify Peer Effects
Models and methods to identify peer effects
Weihua (Edward)An

There have been numerous studies on peer effects. But inadequate attention has been paid to making valid causal inference about peer effects, either due to intellectual negligence or methodological limitations. This paper will review recent advances in statistical modeling and inference on peer effects and point out some directions for future research in this area. In sociology, the literature on methodological issues in studying peer effects can be traced back at least to the classic paper written by Duncan et al. (1968). Other notable studies and reviews include Kandel (1978), Marsden and Friedkin (1993), Doreian (2001), Carrington et al. (2005), Valente (2005), Mouw (2006), O'Malley and Marsden (2008), Smith and Christakis ...

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