Some Challenges in the Empirics of the Effects of Networks

  title={Some Challenges in the Empirics of the Effects of Networks},
  author={Vincent Boucher and Bernard Fortin},
We study some recent developments and challenges in the empirics of the effects of social networks. We focus in particular on researchers' ability to make policy recommendations based on a standard linear econometric model. We examine the potential compatibility between this type of econometric model and a microeconomic theoretical approach based on fundamentals, such as preferences, technology and decision processes. We discuss sources of identification for the social multiplier as well as for… CONTINUE READING

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