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Word of Mouth Advertising, Credibility and Learning in Networks

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  • Chatterjee, Kalyan

    (Department of Economics, The Pennsylvania State University)

  • Dutta, Bhaskar

    (Department of Economics, University of Warwick)

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Social networks representing the pattern of social interactions - who talks to or who observes whom- play a crucial role as a medium for the spread of information, ideas, diseases, products. Someone in the population may struck with an infection or may adopt a new technology, and it can then either die out quickly or spread throughout the population, depending possibly on the location of the initial appearance, the structure of the network - for instance, how dense it is. The dynamics of adoption -the extent to which individuals are in uenced by their neighbours, the impact of "word of-mouth" communication- also plays a role in determining the speed of diffusion. Given the large range of contexts in which social learning is important, it is not surprising that researchers from various disciplines have studied processes of diffusion from a variety of perspectives.

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Paper provided by University of Warwick, Department of Economics in its series The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) with number 941.

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  1. Scharf, Kim, 2011. "Private Provision of Public Goods and Information Diffusion in Social Groups," CAGE Online Working Paper Series, Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) 48, Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE).

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