John Allen Logan

Position title: Professor of Sociology. Emeritus


Phone: (608) 262-0995

3452 Sewell Social Sciences

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Curriculum Vitae
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Research Interest Statement:

Logan has completed development and testing of a new, two-sided probit method for jointly estimating the separate preferences of men and women for characteristics of partners that uses only data on each individual and the partner they may have. The method can also be used to investigate employment, intergenerational social mobility, nonhuman mating and other two-sided outcomes. He published statistical details of the method with collaborators Hoff (Statistics, University of Washington) and Newton (Statistics, UW Madison) in the Journal of the American Statistical Association (J.A. Logan, P.D. Hoff and M.A. Newton, “Two-Sided Estimation of Mate Preferences for Similarities in Age, Education, and Religion,” June, 2008. Vol. 103, no. 482: pp. 559-569). This new method allows for counterfactual, posterior predictive simulations of effects of changes in the availabilities and characteristics of potential partners in the relevant market. Logan has recently completed the programming of a Stata command, tsmreg.ado, that makes the application of the new method essentially as easy as any other type of regression in Stata, and allows the direct use of the great majority of cross-sectional data sets related to such problems without requiring any special data preparation. He is currently using the command on recent PSID data to investigate discrimination and choice in the differential allocation of women to part time employment, with UW Sociology graduate student Jungmyung Kim.

Departmental Areas of Interest:

Methods and Statistics, Social Stratification


Soc 360 Statistics for Sociologists I
Soc 360 Statistics for Sociologists I
Soc 361 Statistics for Sociologists II
Soc 361 Statistics for Sociologists II
Soc 361 Statistics for Sociologists II
Soc 362 Statistics for Sociologists III
Soc 365 Computing in Sociological Research
Sociology 375: Introduction to Mathematical Sociology
Sociology 376: Mathematical Models of Social Systems
Soc 633 Social Stratification
Soc 952 Discrete/Limited Dependent Variables
Soc 952 Mathematical and Statistical Applications in Sociology

Other Campus Affiliations:

Center for Demography and Ecology
Institute for Research on Poverty
Interdisciplinary Training Program in Education Sciences

Selected Publications:

Logan, John A., Hoff, Peter, and Newton, Michael. 2008. “Two-Sided Estimation of Mate Preferences for Similarities in Age, Education, and Religion,” Journal of the American Statistical Association 103(482): 559-569.

Logan, John Allen. 1998. “Estimating Two-Sided Logit Models.” Sociological Methodology 28:139-173.

Logan, John Allen. 1996. “Opportunity and Choice in Socially Structured Labor Markets.” American Journal of Sociology 102:114-160