Conformism and Self-Selection in Social Networks

@inproceedings{Bramoull2014ConformismAS,
  title={Conformism and Self-Selection in Social Networks},
  author={Yann Bramoull{\'e} and Charles Bellemare and Bernard Fortin and Edoardo Gallo and David R Karp and Guy Lacroix and Steeve Marchand and Vincent Boucher},
  year={2014}
}
I present a model of conformism in social networks that incorporates both peer effects and self-selection. I find that equilibrium behaviors are linked through the Laplacian matrix of the equilibrium network. I show that conformism has positive social value and that social welfare can be bounded by network centrality and connectivity measures. I apply the model using empirical data on high school student participation in extracurricular activities. I find that the local effects of conformism (i… CONTINUE READING

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