Homophily in Indian Social Networks: A Model of Signed Network Formation

30 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2019

Date Written: January 7, 2019

Abstract

This paper explores possible theoretical underpinnings for homophily in signed social networks, particularly in the Indian context. The model of signed network formation proposed here considers a population which is divided into communities or identity groups that are hierarchically arranged in terms of social power and ownership/control of social resources. An agent's "intrinsic strength" refers to their control over resources by virtue of belonging to a community. This, along with the intrinsic strengths of one's positively tied neighbours, determines an agent's "coercive power". The structure of inter and intra community ties is studied in Nash equilibria in a setting where agents extract payoffs from their negatively tied neighbours with lower coercive power.

Keywords: social networks, signed networks, homophily, game theory

JEL Classification: D85, C70

Suggested Citation

Pandey, Siddhi, Homophily in Indian Social Networks: A Model of Signed Network Formation (January 7, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3313404 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3313404

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