Counterbalancing, Spatial Dependence, and Peer Group Effects*

  title={Counterbalancing, Spatial Dependence, and Peer Group Effects*},
  author={Tobias B{\"o}hmelt and Andrea Ruggeri and Ulrich Pilster},
  journal={Political Science Research and Methods},
  pages={221 - 239}
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