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Matching and Network Effects

Fafchamps, Marcel and van der Leij, J and Goyal, Sanjeev (2006) Matching and Network Effects. Working Paper. University of Essex, Department of Economics, Economics Discussion Papers, Colchester.


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This paper examines the existence and magnitude of network effects in the matching of work teams. We study the formation of co-author relations among economists over a thirty year period. Our principal finding is that a collaboration emerges faster among two authors if they are closer in the social network of economists. This proximity effect on collaboration is strong and robust but only affects initial collaboration. It has no positive influence on subsequent co-authorship. We also provide some evidence that matching depends on experience, junior authors being more likely to collaborate with senior authors.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: network formation, assortative matching, scientific collaboration, academia,job referral
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
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Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2014 11:57
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2014 12:48

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