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Directed Generosity and Network Formation: Network Dimension Matters

Arno Riedl and Exelle Ben D
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No 65, Research Memorandum from Maastricht University, Maastricht Research School of Economics of Technology and Organization (METEOR)

Abstract: We explore network effects on generosity for different network dimensions. To this end weelicit multiple network dimensions (friendship, social support, economic exchange, etc.) in arural village in the Southern hemisphere and measure generosity with a sequence of dictatorgames conducted in the field. We find that networks of different dimensions differ substantially in density, clustering, and centrality. When relating generosity to networks we observe that social distance only matters for friendship ties but that structural network variables are important in all network dimensions. Importantly, these effects are not invariant across different network dimensions. We also find that individual characteristics are unrelated with generosity per se but that they have strong explanatory power for network formation.

Keywords: microeconomics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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