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

Vilas Associate Professor of Sociology
4426 Sewell Social Sciences
(608) 262-9510
Fax: (608) 262-8400
Office Hours: on leave (Spr'16)

Curriculum Vitae

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

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Selected Publications:
"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:
Aging and the Life Course
Demography and Ecology
Methods and Statistics
Race and Ethnic Studies
Social Stratification

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

Research Interest Statement:
Felix Elwert's research focuses on the social demography of marriage, mortality, and statistical methods of causal inference for the social sciences. Elwert has recently completed work on interpersonal health effects, marital status and mortality, race and spatial differences in hospice use, intergenerational effects of social context, and causal inference from observational data. He has developed a new test for unobserved heterogeneity in the apparent effect of widowhood on mortality, which uses information on current and former spouses to identify the causal effect of marital status. The test exploits the selective presence and absence of social ties to understand the social transmission of mortality, and can be translated to different substantive areas of social demography.