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Matching and Network Effects

  • Sanjeev Goyal

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  • Marcel Fafchamps
  • Marco J. van der Leij

This paper examines the existence and magnitude of network effects in the matching of workteams. We study the formation of co-author relations among economists over a thirty year period. Our principal finding is that a collaboration emerges faster among two authors if they are closer in the social network of economists. This proximity effect on collaboration is strong and robust but only affects initial collaboration. It has no positive influence on subsequent co-authorship. We also provide some evidence that matching depends on experience, junior authors being more likely to collaborate with senior authors.

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Paper provided by University of Essex, Department of Economics in its series Economics Discussion Papers with number 611.

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Date of creation: 11 May 2006
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Handle: RePEc:esx:essedp:611
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