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A Guided Tour to (Real-Life) Social Network Elicitation

Pablo Brañas-Garza, Ramon Cobo-Reyes, Natalia Jiménez () and Giovanni Pontiy ()
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Ramon Cobo-Reyes: Universidad de Granada
Giovanni Pontiy: Universidad de Alicante and LUISS Guido Carli, Roma

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Abstract: Limited attention has been devoted on how (real-life) social networks are elicited and mapped, even less from the viewpoint of mechanism design. This paper surveys the few mechanisms that have been proposed by the experimental literature to this purpose. These mechanisms differ in their incentive structure, as well as in the means of reward they employ. We compare these elicitation devices on the basis of the estimated differences in the characteristics of the induced networks, such as the number of (mutual) links, correspondence and accuracy. Our main conclusion is that the elicited network architecture is itself dependent on the nature (and the structure) of the incentives. This, in turn, should provide the social scientist with guidelines on the most appropriate device to use, depending on the research objectives.

Keywords: Social Networks; Experimental Economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 D85 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 pages
Date: 2013
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-soc and nep-ure
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