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Testing Unilateral and Bilateral Link Formation

Margherita Comola () and Marcel Fafchamps ()

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Abstract: Empirical analysis of social networks is often based on self-reported links from survey data. How we interpret such data is crucial for drawing correct inference on network effects. We propose a method for testing whether survey responses can safely be interpreted as a link and, if so, whether links are generated by a unilateral or bilateral link formation process. We present two empirical illustrations of the test on risk-sharing links in Tanzania and on communication among Indian farmers, respectively, demonstrating the ability of the methodology to discriminate between competing data-generating processes.

Keywords: farmers; network; social networks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-09
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Published in Economic Journal, Wiley, 2014, 124 (579), pp.954-976. ⟨10.1111/ecoj.12071⟩

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