The role of reciprocation in social network formation, with an application to blogging
AbstractThis paper deals with the role of reciprocation in the formation of individuals' social networks, that is to what extent initiating a relation brings about its reciprocation. Following the activity of a panel of bloggers over more than a year, we seek to establish whether bloggers are mainly involved in social networking or are part of the media industry. We adapt a standard capital investment model to study the effect of reciprocation on the building of social capital. Results of our analysis confirm that activity and reciprocation both play a role in the dynamics of social media.
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Date of creation: 22 Mar 2011
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Bloggers; Friendship; LiveJournal; Media; Panel Data; Reciprocation; Reci procity; Social Capital; Social Networks;
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- Alexia Gaudeul & Caterina Giannetti, 2012. "The role of reciprocation in social network formation, with an application to blogging," Jena Economic Research Papers 2012-031, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics.
- Gaudeul, Alexia & Giannetti, Caterina, 2011. "The role of reciprocation in social network formation, with an application to blogging," MPRA Paper 34094, University Library of Munich, Germany.
- C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
- D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation
- L82 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Entertainment; Media
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2011-04-02 (All new papers)
- NEP-CUL-2011-04-02 (Cultural Economics)
- NEP-NET-2011-04-02 (Network Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2011-04-02 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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