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Title: An experimental device to elicit soical networks
Authors: Brañas-Garza, Pablo
Cobo-Reyes, Ramón
Jiménez, Natalia
Ponti, Giovanni
Issue Date: 2005
Abstract: This paper proposes an original mechanism to elicit latent social net- works. Subjects are invited to reve al their friends’ name and surname, together with a score measuring the strength of relationship. According to the mechanism, subjects are rewarded of a fi xed price either a) when they do not name anybody or b) when the scores of a randomly selected (bidirectional) link are su ffi ciently close. We test the mechanism’s perfor- mance in the fi eld. Our main results are: i) a very large percentage of links (75%) were corresponded. ii) the mechanism largely captures strong friendship relations and practically ignores weak relations. A simple model of friend—regarding preferences is developed to explain this evidence.
Sponsorship: Pablo Brañas-Garza acknowledges financial support from CICYT-SEJ 2004-07554/ECON and Fundación Ramón Areces. Natalia Jiménez acknowledges financial support by the Generalitat Valenciana under the project CTBPRB/2003/71. Pablo Brañas-Garza, Ramón Cobo-Reyes and Natalia Jiménez acknowledge financial support by Centro de Estudios Andaluces I+D 2006.
Publisher: Universidad de Granada. Departamento de Teoría e Historia Económica
Series/Report no.: The Papers;05/19
Keywords: Friendship
Networks
Experiments
Other-regarding preferences
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10481/31480
Rights : Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License
Citation: Brañas-Garza, P. An experimental device to elicit soical networks. Universidad de Granada. Departamento de Teoría e Historia Económica (2005). (The Papers; 05/19). [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/31480]
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