Social Networks in Developing Countries

Annual Review of Resource Economics, Volume 7, 2015. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-resource-100814-125123

23 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2015

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Yating Chuang

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics

Laura Schechter

University of Wisconsin at Madison - Agricultural and Applied Economics; University of Wisconsin at Madison - Economics

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Date Written: January 5, 2015

Abstract

Social networks function as an important safety net in developing countries which often lack formal financial instruments. They are also an important source of information in developing countries with relatively low access to the internet and literacy rates. We review the empirical literature in developing countries using explicit social network data. We focus on social networks as conduits for both monetary transfers and information. We also briefly discuss the network formation literature and comment on data collection strategies, along the way mentioning some areas we believe to be especially ripe for future study.

Keywords: social networks

JEL Classification: O1

Suggested Citation

Chuang, Yating and Schechter, Laura, Social Networks in Developing Countries (January 5, 2015). Annual Review of Resource Economics, Volume 7, 2015. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-resource-100814-125123, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2545686

Yating Chuang

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics ( email )

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Laura Schechter (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin at Madison - Agricultural and Applied Economics ( email )

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University of Wisconsin at Madison - Economics ( email )

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