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Knowledge flows and the geography of networks. A strategic model of small worlds formation

Nicolas Carayol () and Pascale Roux ()

Working Papers of BETA from Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée, UDS, Strasbourg

Abstract: This paper aims to demonstrate that the strategic approach of network formation can generate networks that share the main structural properties of most real social networks. We introduce a spatialized variation of the Connections model (Jackson and Wolinski, 1996) in which agents balance the benefits of forming links resulting from imperfect knowledge flows through bonds against their costs which increase with geographic distance. We show that, for intermediary levels of knowledge transferability, our time-inhomogeneous process selects networks which exhibit high clustering, short average distances and, when the costs of link formation are normally distributed across agents, skewed degree distributions.

Keywords: Strategic network formation; Time-inhomogeneous process; Knowledge flows; Small worlds; Monte Carlo simulations. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C63 D85 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-net, nep-soc and nep-ure
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