Felix Elwert

Position title: Professor, Sociology

Email: elwert@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-9510

4426 Sewell Social Sciences

Department of Sociology
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Curriculum vitae


My research and teaching is closely linked to the core themes of the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE). My research is focused in four main areas: (1) social-network and family determinants of health outcomes; (2) mortality, (3) neighborhood effects; (4) methods of causal inference.

CDE research theme area affiliations

Demography of Inequality; Fertility, Families, and Households; Health and the Life Course

Selected Publications

Elwert, Felix, Tamás Keller, and Andreas Kotsadam. 2023. “Rearranging the Desk Chairs: A Large Randomized Field Experiment on the Effects of Close Contact on Interethnic Relations.” American Journal of Sociology 128(6):1809-1840.

Keller, Tamás, and Felix Elwert. 2023. “Feasible Peer Effects: Experimental Evidence for Deskmate Effects on Educa- tional Achievement and Inequality.” Sociological Science 7: 806- 829.

Wodtke, Geoffrey, Ugur Yildirim, David Harding, Felix Elwert. 2023. “Are Neighborhood Effects Explained by Differences in School Quality?” American Journal of Sociology 128(5):1472-1528.

Elwert, Felix, and Elan Segarra. 2022“Instrumental Variables with Treatment-Induced Selection: Exact Bias Results.” Pp. 575-592 in Geffner, Hector et al (eds.): Probabilistic and Causal Inference: The Works of Judea Pearl.

Mallinson, David, and Felix Elwert. 2022“Estimating sibling spillover effects with unobserved confounding using gain-scores,” Annals of Epidemiology 67:73-80.

Keele, L., Randolph T. Stevenson, and Felix Elwert. 2019. “The causal interpretation of estimated associations in regression models.” Political Science Research and Methods (8)1: 1 – 13

Elwert, Felix and Christopher Winship. 2014. “Endogenous Selection Bias: The Problem of Conditioning on a Collider Variable.” Annual Review of Sociology40(1):31–53.

O’Malley, A. James, Felix Elwert, J. Niels Rosenquist, Alan M. Zaslavsky, and Nicholas A. Christakis. 2014. “Estimating Peer Effects in Longitudinal Dyadic Data Using Instrumental Variables.” Biometrics 70(3):506–15.

Elwert, Felix and Nicholas A. Christakis. 2008. “Wives and Ex-Wives: A New Test for Homogamy Bias in the Widowhood Effect.” Demography 45(4):851–73.

Elwert, Felix and Nicholas A. Christakis. 2008. “The Effect of Widowhood on Mortality by the Causes of Death of Both Spouses.” American Journal of Public Health98(11):2092–98.

Elwert, Felix and Nicholas A. Christakis. 2006. “Widowhood and Race.” American Sociological Review71(1):16–41.