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Latent Variable and Structural Equation Models

Latent variable and structural equation models have many different aims. Educational researchers and psychometricians use them as a tool for constructing measurement scales, calibrating questions and scoring individuals. Social and medical scientists use them in an exploratory fashion for explaining interrelationships among a number of observed variables using a smaller than the observed number latent variables. Political scientists and sociologists use them for verifying or disputing a sociological or political theory.

Recent, theoretical and methodological advances (multilevel structures, longitudinal data, robust methods, nonlinear models, missing values) together with the computational advancements allow complex social phenomena to be disentangled and described by structural equation models.

The track focuses on theoretical and applied developments in the area of latent variable and structural equation modelling.

Co-Chairs
Xinyuan Song, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China.
Hongtu Zhu, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.
Members
  1. Jonathan Ansell, The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
  2. Ruggero Bellio, University of Udine, Italy.
  3. Wicher Bergsma, London School of Economics, United Kingdom.
  4. Silvia Bianconcini, University of Bologna, Italy.
  5. Matilde Bini, European University of Rome, Italy.
  6. Maria Caterina Bramati, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
  7. Reto Buergin, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
  8. Silvia Cagnone, University of Bologna, Italy.
  9. Furio Camillo, University of Bologna, Italy.
  10. Leopoldo Catania, Tor Vergata University of Rome, Italy.
  11. Bryant Chen, UCLA, United States.
  12. Roberto Colombi, Universita di Bergamo, Italy.
  13. Matteo Farne, University of Bologna, Italy.
  14. Daniel Fernandez, SUNY-Albany - School of Public Health, United States.
  15. Michael Fop, University College Dublin, Ireland.
  16. Antonio Forcina, University of Perugia, Italy.
  17. Joseph Gastwirth, George Washington University, United States.
  18. Cees Glas, University of Twente, Netherlands.
  19. Isabella Gollini, University of Bristol, United Kingdom.
  20. Anna Gottard, University of Firenze, Italy.
  21. Leonardo Grilli, University of Florence, Italy.
  22. Ole-Petter Moe Hansen, Norwegian School of Economics, Norway.
  23. Solomon Harrar, University of Kentucky, United States.
  24. Kei Hirose, Kyushu University, Japan.
  25. Klaus Holst, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  26. Bei Jiang, University of Alberta, Canada.
  27. Karl Joreskog, University of Uppsala, Sweden.
  28. Zied Kacem, Polytechnique Sousse, Tunisia.
  29. Estelle Kuhn, INRA, France.
  30. Zhenqiu Laura Lu, University of Georgia, United States.
  31. Monia Lupparelli, University of Bologna, Italy.
  32. Marco Johannes Maier, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria.
  33. Brandon Malone, Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Germany.
  34. Marica Manisera, University of Brescia, Italy.
  35. Maria francesca Marino, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
  36. Antonello Maruotti, Universita di Roma Tre - University of Southampton, Italy.
  37. Albert Maydeus-Olivares, University of Barcelona, Spain.
  38. Aldo Medina Garay, IMECC-UNICAMP, Brazil.
  39. Stefania Mignani, University of Bologna, Italy.
  40. Cristina Mollica, Sapienza Universita di Roma, Italy.
  41. Silvia Montagna, University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
  42. Angela Montanari, Alma mater studiorum-Universita di Bologna, Italy.
  43. Irini Moustaki, London School of Economics, UK.
  44. Flaminia Musella, Roma Tre University, Italy.
  45. Serena Ng, Columbia University, United States.
  46. Chris Oates, University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
  47. Qing Pan, George Washington University, United States.
  48. Junhao Pan, Sun Yat-sen University, China.
  49. Artem Prokhorov, University of Sydney, Australia.
  50. Carla Rampichini, University of Florence, Italy.
  51. Albert Satorra, University of Pompeu Fabra University, Spain.
  52. Nicolas Savy, Toulouse Institute of Mathematics, France.
  53. Golnaz Shahtahmassebi, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom.
  54. Xiangjin Shen, Bank of Canada, Canada.
  55. Jian Qing Shi, Newcastle University, United Kingdom.
  56. Yajuan Si, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States.
  57. Anders Skrondal, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway.
  58. Xinyuan Song, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China.
  59. Elena Stanghellini, University of Perugia, Italy.
  60. Maria Symeonaki, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece.
  61. Johannes Textor, University of Utrecht, Netherlands.
  62. Marieke Timmerman, University of Groningen, Netherlands.
  63. Renaud Tissier, Leiden University Medical Centre, Netherlands.
  64. Catherine Trottier, University of Montpellier, France.
  65. Ioannis Tsamardinos, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece.
  66. Michel Vaillant, Luxembourg Institute of Health, Luxembourg.
  67. Bernard Veldkamp, University of Twente, Netherlands.
  68. Jeroen Vermunt, Tilburg University, Netherlands.
  69. Paola Vicard, University Roma Tre, Italy.
  70. Cinzia Viroli, University of Bologna, Italy.
  71. Zheyu Wang, Johns Hopkins University, United States.
  72. Min-ge Xie, Rutgers University, United States.
  73. Fan Yang-Wallentin, University of Uppsala, Sweden.
  74. Valentin Zelenyuk, University of Queensland, Australia.
  75. Hongtu Zhu, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, United States.
  76. Paola Zuccolotto, University of Brescia, Italy.
  77. Piotr Zwiernik, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain.