Popularity

32 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2012 Last revised: 26 Jun 2022

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Gabriella Conti

University of Chicago; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Andrea Galeotti

University of Essex

Gerrit Mueller

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Stephen Pudney

University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

Date Written: October 2012

Abstract

What makes you popular at school? And what are the labor market returns to popularity? We investigate these questions using an objective measure of popularity derived from sociometric theory: the number of friendship nominations received from schoolmates, interpreted as a measure of early accumulation of personal social capital. We develop an econometric model of friendship formation and labor market outcomes allowing for partial observation of networks, and provide new evidence on the impact of early family environment on popularity. We estimate that moving from the 20th to 80th percentile of the high-school popularity distribution yields a 10% wage premium nearly 40 years later.

Suggested Citation

Conti, Gabriella and Galeotti, Andrea and Mueller, Gerrit and Pudney, Stephen, Popularity (October 2012). NBER Working Paper No. w18475, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2164599

Gabriella Conti (Contact Author)

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Andrea Galeotti

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Stephen Pudney

University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) ( email )

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