Author ' s personal copy Mobile phones andcore network growth in Kenya : Strengthening weak ties

@inproceedings{Shrum2011AuthorS,
  title={Author ' s personal copy Mobile phones andcore network growth in Kenya : Strengthening weak ties},
  author={Wesley Shrum and Paul Mbatia and Antony Palackal and Dan-Bright Dzorgbo and Ricardo B. Duque and Marcus Ynalvez},
  year={2011}
}
In contrast to recent US studies showing a decrease in core network size, our Kenyan data reveals substantial network growth. We attribute this to the diffusion of mobile telephones. Results from pooled survey data from Nairobi professionals and entrepreneurs in 2002 and 2007 as well as qualitative interviews from 2007 to 2009 show virtual saturation in the diffusion of phones during this period, but no direct effect of technology use. What explains this puzzle is a network effect of mobile… CONTINUE READING