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 David Schiefer posted on Friday, March 09, 2012 - 9:24 am

I want to test the causal direction of a relationship between a group-level variable (nation-level scores) and an individual-level variable. In particular, in a multi-country sample I want to test whether culturally-shared values (level-2 variable) impact attitudes of individuals, or whether, instead, individual attitudes impact culture-level values. Is there a technique to do that with MPlus?

Best regards
 Linda K. Muthen posted on Friday, March 09, 2012 - 9:41 pm
The only way to have an group-level variable influence and individual-level variable is it it influences the group part of the individual-level variables, for example,

y ON w;

where y is an individual-level variable and w is a group-level variable.
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