Social Networks in Developing Countries

Posted: 12 Oct 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: October 2015

Abstract

Social networks function as an important safety net in developing countries, which often lack formal financial instruments. Such networks 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 that uses explicit social network data collected in developing countries. 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, mentioning some areas we believe to be especially ripe for future study.

Suggested Citation

Chuang, Yating and Schechter, Laura, Social Networks in Developing Countries (October 2015). Annual Review of Resource Economics, Vol. 7, Issue 1, pp. 451-472, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2672295 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-resource-100814-125123

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Laura Schechter

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