The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Social Networks: Econometrics

  • Yann Bramoullé
  • Bernard Fortin
Reference work entry


In a social network, agents have their own reference group which may influence their behaviour. In turn, the agents’ attributes and their behaviour affect the formation and the structure of the social network. This paper surveys the econometric literature on both aspects of social networks, and discusses the identification and estimation issues they raise.


Identification Mutual consent Network formation Pair-wise regressions Peer effects Separability Social network 

JEL Classifications

D85 L14 Z13 C3 
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We thank Habiba Djebbari and Marcel Fafchamps for helpful comments.


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  • Yann Bramoullé
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  • Bernard Fortin
    • 1
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