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INTEREST AND IDENTITY IN NETWORK FORMATION

Paulo Santos and Christopher Barrett ()

No 19920, 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO from American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association)

Abstract: In this paper, we use an unusually rich data set from Ghana to explore the endogenous formation of information network linkages among farmers. We propose and test a new measure of social distance that accommodates possible asymmetries in social distance. Using this improved measure, we show that social distance plays a major role in shaping network structure, but that other factors related to the inherent costs and benefits of linkage matter significantly as well. Network interlinkages appear relatively modest. We are also able to corroborate the sociological "strength of weak ties" hypothesis.

Keywords: Research; Methods/; Statistical; Methods (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.19920

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