Working Paper No. 1116

The Economic Consequences of Social Network Structure

Published: March 7, 2016Pages: 65Keywords: Social networks; Social economics; Homophily; Diffusion; Social learning contagion; Centrality measures; Endogeneity; Network formationJEL-codes: D85; C72; L14; Z13
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The Economic Consequences of Social Network Structure Matthew O. Jackson, Brian Rogers and Yves Zenou


We survey the literature on the economic consequences of the structure of social networks. We develop a taxonomy of `macro' and `micro' characteristics of social interaction networks and discuss both the theoretical and empirical findings concerning the role of those characteristics in determining learning, diffusion, decisions, and resulting behaviors. We also discuss the challenges of accounting for the endogeneity of networks in assessing the relationship between the patterns of interactions and behaviors.

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