Simultaneous feedback models with macro-comparative cross-sectional data

Breznau, Nate

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2018
The title of a journal, publication series: Methoden, Daten, Analysen : MDA
Volume: 12
Issue number: 2
Page range: 265-308
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publishing house: GESIS
ISSN: 1864-6956 , 2190-4936
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: Social scientists often work with theories of reciprocal causality. Sometimes theories suggest that reciprocal causes work simultaneously, or work on a time-scale small enough to make them appear simultaneous. Researchers may employ simultaneous feedback models to investigate such theories, although the practice is rare in cross-sectional survey research. This paper discusses the certain conditions that make these models possible and possibly desirable using such data. This methodological excursus covers construction of simultaneous feedback models using a structural equation modeling perspective. This allows the researcher to test if a simultaneous feedback theory fits survey data, test competing hypotheses and engage in macro-comparisons. This paper presents methods in a manner and language amenable to the practicing social scientist who is not a statistician or matrix mathematician. It demonstrates how to run models using three popular software programs (MPlus, Stata and R), and an empirical example using International Social Survey Program data.

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