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Links and Architecture in Village Networks

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  • Krishnan, Pramila
  • Sciubba, Emanuela

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In this paper we test the implications of a model of network formation on data from rural Ethiopia. In contrast to the current literature, we demonstrate the critical role of both number of links and architecture in determining the impact of social networks on outcomes. Social capital matters, but its impact differs by the architecture of the network to which one belongs.

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Keywords: Endogenous network formation; rural institutions; social networks;

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  1. Jaimovich, Dany, 2013. "Missing links, missing markets: Internal exchanges, reciprocity and external connections in the economic networks of Gambian villages," MPRA Paper 44080, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Debebe, Z.Y., 2010. "Child labor, agricultural shocks and labor sharing in rural Ethiopia," ISS Working Papers - General Series 18702, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague.
  3. Matuschke, Ira, 2008. "Evaluating the impact of social networks in rural innovation systems: An overview," IFPRI discussion papers 816, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  4. Marcel Fafchamps & Alexander Moradi, 2009. "Referral and Job Performance: Evidence from the Ghana Colonial Army," Economics Series Working Papers CSAE WPS/2009-10, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
  5. Comola, Margherita & Mendola, Mariapia, 2014. "The Formation of Migrant Networks," IZA Discussion Papers 7981, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  9. Marco van der Leij & Jaromir Kovarik, 2012. "Risk aversion and social networks," Working Papers. Serie AD 2012-01, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).

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