Anna Zaytseva, Marion Coste

Empirical & Econometric Methods Session

Anna Zaytseva, Marion Coste

Complex relationships and unobserved variables: An introduction to structural models

IBD Salle 24

Îlot Bernard du Bois - Salle 24

5-9 boulevard Maurice Bourdet
13001 Marseille

Mercredi 9 mars 2022| 15:00

Julieta Peveri : julieta.peveri[at]
Bertille Picard : bertille.picard[at]
Mathias Silva : mathias.silva-vazquez[at]


Originating from genetic studies and psychology, structural equation modeling (SEM) encompasses a broad array of models, which are increasingly being used in applied econometrics as an alternative way to look at causal inference. SEM allows to estimate the effects of a set of variables acting on a specified outcome via multiple causal pathways, and/or to model complex, simultaneous relationships on observed as well as unobserved data. This presentation will introduce basic concepts of SEM modelling – different types of variables and effects, differences between measurement and structural models – as well as practical implementation in Stata and Mplus.