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    Behavioural patterns in social networks

    Conte, A. and Di Cagno, D. and Sciubba, Emanuela (2011) Behavioural patterns in social networks. Discussion Paper. Friedrich Schiller University and the Max Planck Institute of Economics.

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    In this paper, we focus on the analysis of individual decision making for the formation of social networks, using experimentally generated data. We first analyse the determinants of the individual demand for links under the assumption of agents' static expectations. The results of this exercise subsequently allow us to identify patterns of behaviour that can be subsumed in three strategies of link formation: 1) reciprocator strategy - players propose links to those from whom they have received link proposals in the previous round; 2) myopic best response strategy - players aim to profit from maximisation; 3) opportunistic strategy - players reciprocate link proposals to those who have the largest number of connections. We find that these strategies explain approximately 76% of the observed choices. We finally estimate a mixture model to highlight the proportion of the population who adopt each of these strategies.


    Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
    Additional Information: ISSN 1864-7057
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Experiments, Mixture models, Multivariate probit models, Network formation
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Emanuela Sciubba
    Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2013 10:05
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:04


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