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Ties configuration in entrepreneurs’ personal network and economic performances in African urban informal economy

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  • Jean-Philippe BERROU (GREThA-GRES)
  • François COMBARNOUS (GREThA-GRES)

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As to explore social networks influence in African informal economy, this paper fits in the conceptual framework of reticular embeddedness. By going into the analyse of ties strength, our purpose is to question the real influence of ties content. We use a recent original dataset to evaluate how entrepreneurs’ networks influence their activities economic outcomes. ‘Multiple name generators’ method provides a vast amount of information about ties content, which can be treated by factor analysis to describe and categorize networks. Finally, we show that not only business ties but the particular configuration of ties strength in networks improve informal earnings.

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Paper provided by Groupement de Recherches Economiques et Sociales in its series Cahiers du GRES with number 2008-19.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Keywords: Informal economy; embeddedness; social networks; informal earnings;

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