NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Linear Social Interactions Models

Lawrence E. Blume, William A. Brock, Steven N. Durlauf, Rajshri Jayaraman

NBER Working Paper No. 19212
Issued in July 2013

---- Acknowledgements -----

Support of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group, sponsored by the Institute for New Economic Thinking, is gratefully acknowledged by all authors. Financial support has been supplied to Blume by NSF grant CCF-0910940, WWTF Grant “Die Evolution von Normen und Konventionen in der Wirtschaft", and ARO MURI Award No. W911NF-12-1-0509, to Brock by the Vilas Trust, and to Durlauf by the University of Wisconsin Graduate School, the Laurits Christensen Chair in Economics, and the Vilas Trust, all of which is greatly appreciated. We thank the editor and three referees for very helpful comments and suggestions. Wallice Ao, Joel Han, Hon Ho Kwok, Ariel Roginsky, Kegon Tan and Xiangrong Yu have provided superb research assistance. We are grateful for comments from James Heckman, Youcef Msaid, Debraj Ray, Alex Rees-Jones, Dean Robinson, Michael Strain, and Nichole Szembrot; and to George Jakubson and Charles Manski for discussions of the issues we address. This paper was written in honor of James J. Heckman, whose influence will be evident throughout. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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