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Testing Lin's social capital theory in an informal African urban economy

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  • François Combarnous

    (GREThA - Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée - UB - Université de Bordeaux - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Jean-Philippe Berrou

    () (GREThA - Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée - UB - Université de Bordeaux - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

Abstract

In order to test Lin's social capital theory in an informal African urban economy, this article outlines an approach articulated around the notion of ‘ego-centred network’. We used an original dataset collected in Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso) to evaluate how member attributes in entrepreneurs' networks tend to influence their economic outcomes. The instrument of multiple name generators provides a vast amount of information that can be used to compute quantitative measures of the composition of networks. We show that the proportion of members with a high social status have no significant positive impact on economic outcomes, contrary to more approachable individuals.
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  • François Combarnous & Jean-Philippe Berrou, 2011. "Testing Lin's social capital theory in an informal African urban economy," Post-Print hal-00681276, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00681276
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    1. Jean-Philippe Berrou & François Combarnous, 2018. "Beyond Solidarity and Accumulation Networks in Urban Informal African Economies," The European Journal of Development Research, Palgrave Macmillan;European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), vol. 30(4), pages 652-675, September.
    2. Olivier Walther, 2015. "Social Network Analysis and informal trade," Working Papers 4, University of Southern Denmark, Centre for Border Region Studies.
    3. repec:eee:tefoso:v:144:y:2019:i:c:p:12-24 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Deguilhem, Thibaud & Berrou, Jean-Philippe & Combarnous, François, 2017. "Using your ties to get a worse job? The differential effects of social networks on quality of employment: Evidence from Colombia," MPRA Paper 78628, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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