On Measuring Personal Connections and the Extent of Social Networks

Pattanaik, Prasanta K.; Yongsheng Xu
December 2007
Analyse & Kritik;dez2007, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p290
Academic Journal
The notions of personal connection and social networks are key ingredients of the increasingly important concept of social capital in social sciences in general and in economics in particular. This paper discusses the problem of measuring personal connection and the extent of social networks that may exist in a society. For this purpose we develop several conceptual and analytical frameworks. In the process, we axiomatically characterize several measures of personal connection and social networks.


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