Meeting on Methodology for Empirical Research on Social Interactions, Social Networks and Health (MERSIH I)

May 2 and 3, 2008


Professor Nicholas A. Christakis
Department of Health Care Policy,
Harvard Medical School,
Department of Sociology, Harvard University

Professor Charles F. Manski
Department of Economics and Institute for Policy Research,
Northwestern University


The Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University


The National Institute on Aging
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Opening Remarks
Chuck Manski (Department of Economics and Institute for Policy Research Northwestern University)

Social Contagion in Health Behaviors in Current and Future Longitudinally Resolved Social Network Datasets
Nicholas Christakis (Department of Health Care Policy, HMS and Department of Sociology, Harvard University)

Stochastic Blockmodels for Networks with Mixed Membership and Challenges For Modeling Dynamically Evolving Networks
Steve Fienberg (Department of Statistics, Machine Learning Department, and Cylab, Carnegie Mellon University)

Social Interactions from the Perspective of Economics
Steven Durlauf (Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin, Madison)

New Models for Dynamic Analysis of Multi-Sided (Large-Scale) Conflict
Peter Bearman (Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy Columbia University)

Human Dynamics: From Priorities to Human Travel Patterns
László Barabási (Center for Network Science, Northeastern University)

Superspreaders or Limited Access Highways? Explaining Generalized Epidemics and Prevalence Disparities in HIV
Martina Morris (Department of Sociology, University of Washington)

Separating Social Influence from Social Selection on the Basis of Longitudinal Data and Statistical Models
Tom Snijders (Department of Statistics, University of Oxford)

Longitudinal Model of Network Formation: Heider’s Theory of Balance vs Simmel’s Triadic Formation (with David Krackhardt and Martina Morris)
Mark Handcock (Department of Statistics, University of Washington)

Network Topology and its Implications for Model-Building
Pip Pattison (School of Behavioural Science, University of Melbourne)

Selection and Influence: Models for Individual Attributes and Social Network Structures
Garry Robins (School of Behavioural Science, University of Melbourne)

The Average Outcome and Inequality Implications of Segregation in the Presence of Social Spillovers (with Guido Imbens)
Bryan Graham (Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley)

Point Process Estimation of Large-scale Spatial Dependencies (with Martin Burda)
Matthew Harding (Department of Economics, Stanford University)

Closing Remarks
Nicholas Christakis & Chuck Manski