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Testing Lin's Social Capital Theory in an Informal African Urban Economy

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  • Jean-Philippe Berrou
  • Fran�ois Combarnous

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In order to test Lin's social capital theory in an informal African urban economy, this article outlines an approach articulated around the notion of ‘ego-centred network’. We used an original dataset collected in Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso) to evaluate how member attributes in entrepreneurs' networks tend to influence their economic outcomes. The instrument of multiple name generators provides a vast amount of information that can be used to compute quantitative measures of the composition of networks. We show that the proportion of members with a high social status have no significant positive impact on economic outcomes, contrary to more approachable individuals.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Development Studies.

Volume (Year): 47 (2011)
Issue (Month): 8 (June)
Pages: 1216-1240

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Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:47:y:2011:i:8:p:1216-1240

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