Angelo Mele

Angelo Mele, PhD

Associate Professor
Academic AreaEconomics
Areas of InterestEconometrics of network models, Economics of social interactions, Racial Segregation and Homophily, Computational Methods

Angelo Mele, PhD is an Associate Professor of Economics. He is also Affiliate Faculty at the Hopkins Population Center and Affiliate member of the Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science. Prof. Mele is an applied econometrician and his work focuses on the economic analysis of social interactions and their impact on socioeconomic performance at the individual and aggregate level. His research interests include the econometrics of social network models, the analysis of racial segregation and homophily, labor markets networks, social contagion in online media and computational methods for large networks. 

Education

  • Ph. D, Economics, University of Illinois
  • MA, Economics, New York University
  • BA, Economics, Bocconi University

Research

Selected publications

  • A Structural Model of Homophily and Clustering in Social Networks (May 2021) forthcoming, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics
  • Approximate Variational Estimation for a Model of Network Formation (May 2021) (with Lingjiong Zhu) forthcoming, Review of Economics and Statistics
  • Does School Desegregation Promote Diverse Interactions? An Equilibrium Model of Segregation within Schools, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, vol. 12, issue 2, pages 228-257 - A Structural Model of Dense Network Formation, (May 2017), Econometrica, vol. 85, issue 3, pages 825-850
  • Viral Altruism? Charitable Giving and Social Contagion in On-Line Networks (March 2016) (with Nicola Lacetera and Mario Macis), Sociological Science
  • Structural Models of Complementary Choices (May 2014), Marketing Letters, 25, 3, pp: 245-256 Springer (with Steve Berry, Ahmed Khwaja, Vineet Kumar, Andres Musalem, Kenneth C. Wilbur, Greg Allenby, Bharat Anand, Pradeep Chintagunta, W. Michael Hanemann, Przemek Jeziorski)
  • Poisson Indices of Segregation (January 2013), Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2013, vol. 43, issue 1, pages 65-85A Structural Model of Dense Network Formation, (May 2017), Econometrica, vol. 85, issue 3, pages 825-850

Working papers

  • A Structural Model of Homophily and Clustering in Social Networks (August 2017)
  • Approximate Variational Estimation for a Model of Network Formation (August 2017) (with Lingjiong Zhu) 
  • Segregation in Social Networks: A Structural Approach, (August 2017)
  • Approximate Variational Inference for a Model of Social Interactions (December 2016)
  • Racial Segregation and Public School Expenditure (with Eliana La Ferrara)
  • The Effects of FDA Recalls on The Network of Strategic Alliances in The Medical Devices Industry (with Shweta Gaonkar)
  • Creativity and Market Success: Evidence from the movie industry (with Sharon Kim and Shweta Gaonkar)

Teaching

Current

  • Non-Linear Econometrics for Finance

Honors and distinctions

  • Black and Decker Research Grant 2017, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School (with Shweta Gaonkar) $2500
  • Internal grant 2016, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School (with Shweta Gaonkar) $3000
  • NET Institute Summer Grant 2013, $3000, Net Institute, NYU Stern
  • NET Institute Summer Grant 2012, $7500, Net Institute, NYU Stern (with Nicola Lacetera and Mario Macis)
  • 2009-11 - R.W. Harbeson Dissertation Fellowship, UIUC
  • 2008-09 - E.B. McNatt Award for Research in Labor Economics, UIUC
  • 2007 and 2008 - Hans Brems Award (Best Graduate Research Paper), UIUC