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Strong and Weak Links


  • Sanjeev Goyal

    (University of Essex,)


Many of the interesting issues in the economics of networks-information transmission, individual incentives with local externalities, investments in connections, and the structure of complex networks-have to do with the quality of links between individuals entities. However, most of the research to date has assumed a one-zero formulation of connections. I argue that it is possible to write down tractable models of quality of links and that analyzing such models yields fresh insights into these issues. (JEL: C72, D85, Z13) Copyright (c) 2005 The European Economic Association.

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  • Sanjeev Goyal, 2005. "Strong and Weak Links," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 3(2-3), pages 608-616, 04/05.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:jeurec:v:3:y:2005:i:2-3:p:608-616

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    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification


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