Felix Elwert

Felix Elwert


Soc 120 Marriage and the Family
Soc 952 Causal Inference
Soc 952 Graphical Causal Models
Soc 995 Graduate Training Seminar in Demography

Romnes Professor of Sociology
4426 Sewell Social Sciences
(608) 262-9510
Fax: (608) 262-8400

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Elwert wins the first Causality in Statistics Education Award from the American Statistical Association

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Selected Publications:
Wodtke, G. T., Elwert, F., & Harding, D. J. (2016). "Neighborhood Effect Heterogeneity by Family Income and Developmental Period". American Journal of Sociology , 121(4), 1168-1222.

"Endogeneous Selection Bias: The Problem of Conditioning on a Collider Variable," Annual Review of Sociology

"Estimating Peer Effects in Longitudinal Dyadic Data Using Instrumental Variables," Biometrics.

"Graphical Causal Models," Handbook of Causal Analysis for Social Research

"Neighborhood Effects in Temporal Perspective: The Impact of Long-Term Exposure to Concentrated Disadvantage on High School Graduation," American Sociological Review

"The Legacy of Disadvantage: Multigenerational Neighborhood Effects on Cognitive Ability," American Journal of Sociology

"Effect Heterogeneity and Bias in Regression Models," Heuristics, Probability: and Causality: A Tribute to Judea Pearl

"Preliminary Evidence Regarding the Hypothesis that the Sex Ratio at Sexual Maturity May Affect Longevity in Men," Demography.
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"Wives and Ex-Wives: A New Test for Homogamy Bias in the Widowhood Effect," Demography.

"Variation in the Effect of Widowhood on Mortality by the Causes of Death of Both Spouses," American Journal of Public Health

"Widowhood and Race," American Sociological Review [With ASR online supplement]

Ph.D., Sociology, Harvard University, 2007

Departmental Areas of Interest:
Social Stratification
Methods and Statistics
Demography and Ecology
Aging and the Life Course

Center for Demography and Ecology
Center for Demography of Health and Aging

Research Interest Statement:
My research advances the understanding of two interlocking areas of social inequality: First, I investigate the contextual drivers of inequality, including neighborhood, network, and family effects. Second, I analyze the demography of inequality. All of my work pursues a theory-driven approach to causal inference. I especially focus on problems of dynamic selection to understand how contexts and demography shape individual life chances, their distributions, and their transmission within and across generations.