Eliciting real-life social networks: a guided tour

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Branas-Garza, P., Jimenez Jimenez, N. and Ponti, G. 2017. Eliciting real-life social networks: a guided tour. Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy. 1 (1), pp. 33-39.
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TitleEliciting real-life social networks: a guided tour
AuthorsBranas-Garza, P., Jimenez Jimenez, N. and Ponti, G.
Abstract

This paper surveys some of the mechanisms that have been proposed by the experimental literature to elicit social networks. These mechanisms differ in their incentive structures, as well as the means of reward they employ. We compare these elicitation devices on the basis of the estimated differences in the characteristics of the induced networks, such as the number of (mutual) links, correspondence and accuracy. Our main conclusion is that the elicited network architecture is itself dependent on the structure (and the nature) of the incentives. This, in turn, provides the social scientist with guidelines on the most appropriate device to use, depending on her research objectives.

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PublisherSociety for the Advancement of Behavioural Economics
JournalJournal of Behavioral Economics for Policy
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Print31 Mar 2017
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Deposited30 Jan 2017
Accepted04 Jan 2017
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