ITP UW-Madison

Sociology 875 - Fall 2013
Interdisciplinary Training Seminar in Education Sciences

Fridays, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Education Sciences Room 259


September 6:
Eric Grodsky (sociology), "Didactic Seminar: What Are the Contextual Effects and Why Are They Hard to Measure?"

DiPrete & Forristal (1994)
DeLuca & Dayton (2009)
Fischer (2013)

September 13:
Felix Elwert (sociology), "Poor Families, Poor Neighborhoods: How Family Poverty Intensifies the Impact of Concentrated Disadvantage on High School Graduation." (Co-sponsored by Institute for Research on Poverty)

Wodtke, Elwert, & Harding (available to seminar participants)

September 20:
Steven Durlauf (economics), "Linear Social Interactions Models."

Blume, Brock, Durlauf, & Jayaraman (unpublished ms)
Blume, Brock, Duraluf, & Ioannides (2011)
Durlauf, "Neighborhood Effects" (2004)

September 27:
Jason Fletcher (LaFollette School of Public Affairs), "The Determinants and Consequences of Friendship Composition."

Reading: Fletcher, Ross, & Zhang (2013)

October 4: NO MEETING

October 11:
Paul Hanselman (ITP fellow, sociology), "School Context Differences in Effects of Self-Affirmation Activities on Racial/Ethnic Achievement Gaps."

October 18: NO MEETING

October 25:
Eric Grodsky will lead a seminar discussion of contextual effects both as phenomena of theoretical/policy interest and as means of identifying (and perhaps undermining identification of) causal effects.

Reardon & Raudenbush (2013)
Page (2012)
Hong & Nomi (2012)

November 1:
Paul Hanselman (ITP fellow, sociology), "Teacher Effectiveness and Equality of Educational Opportunity."

Wednesday, November 6: NOTE SPECIAL DAY
Ken Frank (Michigan State University), "What is a “Good” Social Network for a System? Knowledge Flow and Organizational Change." 12-1:30, Room 259 Ed Sciences

November 8: NO MEETING (see special session on Tuesday Nov. 12)

Tuesday, November 12: NOTE SPECIAL DAY, TIME and PLACE
Stefanie Deluca (Johns Hopkins). "Racial Segregation, Schools and Neighborhoods: The Pitfalls and Promise of Choice-Based Policies." Special joint ITP/CDE meeting. 12:15-1:30, Room 8417 Social Sciences

November 15:
Laura Schechter (Agricultural & Applied Economics), "Reciprocated Versus Unreciprocated Sharing in Social Networks."


November 22: NO MEETING


December 6:
Drew Anderson (ITP fellow, economics), "Impact of a Private Need-Based Grant Program on Beginning Two-Year College Students"

December 13:
Howard Bloom, MDRC, "Detecting and Quantifying Variation in the Effects of Program Assignment: A Methodological Framework for the First Step in Studying Variation in Program Effects."



Blume, L. E., Brock, W. A., Durlauf, S. N., & Ioannides, Y. M. (2011). Identification of social interactions. In Handbook of Social Economics, V. 1B, 853-964.

Blume, L. E., Brock, W. A., Durlauf, S. N., & Jayaraman, R. (2013). Linear social interactions models. Unpublished ms.

DeLuca, S., & Dayton, E. (2009). Switching social contexts: The effects of housing mobility and school choice programs on youth outcomes. Annual Review Sociology 35: 457-91.

DiPrete, T. A., & Forristal, J. D. (1994). Multilevel models: Methods and substance. Annual Review Sociology 20: 331-57.

Durlauf, S. N. (2004). Neighborhood effects. In Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, eds. J.V. Henderson and J. F. Thisse. Vol. 4, 2174 -2242.

Fischer, C. S. (2013). Showing that neighborhoods matter. City & Community 12(1): 7 - 12.

Fletcher, J. M., Ross, S. L., & Zhang, Y. (2013). The determinants and consequences of friendship composition. Working Paper 19215, Nat. Bureau of Economic Research, July 2013.

Hanselman, P., Bruch, S., & Gamoran, A. (2013). School context differences in effects of self-affirmation activities on racial/ethnic achievement gaps. Unpublished ms.

Hong, G. & Nomi, T. (2012). Weighting methods for assessing policy effects mediated by peer change. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness 5(3): 261-289.

Page, L. (2012). Principal stratification as a framework for investigating mediational processes in experimental settings. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness 5(3): 215-244.

Reardon, S. F., & Raudenbush, S. W. (2013). Under what assumptions do site-by-treatment instruments identify average causal effects? Sociological Methods & Research, 42(2): 143-163.

Schechter, L., & Yuskavage, A. (2011). Reciprocated versus unreciprocated sharing in social networks. Unpublished ms.

Wodtke, G. T., Elwert, F., & Harding, D. (2013). Poor families, poor neighborhoods: How family poverty intensifies the impact of concentrated disadvantage on high school graduation. Unpublished ms.