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Economics of Networks

  • Teacher(s)
    Ines Lindner, Michael König, Fabian Greimel
  • Research field
    Organizations and Markets
  • Dates
    Period 2 - Oct 30, 2023 to Dec 22, 2023
  • Course type
  • Program year
  • Credits

Course description

Many economic interactions are embedded in a network of social and economic relationships, shaping economic behavior and outcomes. This course covers economic models that have an explicit role for social and economic networks and social interactions in explaining economic behavior..

The course consists of three parts.

  • Part 1 (Weeks 1 and 2) provides a toolbox of theoretical concepts and modelling techniques. In this first part of the course we will work with a flipped classroom concept. This implies that we will ask you to watch parts of the massive open online lectures (MOOC) "Social and Economic Networks" of Matthew Jackson, Stanford University, in preparation of these meetings. This allows us to use the classroom sessions entirely for training purposes. During our live class sessions, we will summarize the findings, address your problems and discuss exercises.
  • Part 2 (Weeks 3 and 4) provide an introduction to the statistical and econometric analysis of networks. We will discuss the empirical background of networks and their regularities, and introduce modern econometric tools to analyze them. The goal is to help students to understand outcomes and behaviors in networked societies, and to be able to evaluate real world policy instruments in this context. In preparation for these meetings, we will ask you to watch clips made available on canvas.
  • Part 3 (from week 5 on) consists of student presentations and discussions of academic articles. These articles on social and economic networks will be tailored to the student's interest. We provide a reading list of selected papers as a guideline. However, you are welcome to suggest a paper yourself or ask us for advice.

Course literature

Primary reading
- Jackson, M.O. (2010). Social and Economic Networks, Princeton University Press, Available as paperback or ebook.
- Social and Economic Networks, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), available at www.coursera.org

Note that the MOOC at coursera.org is free of charge unless you want to earn a certificate from coursera.org (which is not necessary for our course). All you have to do is open an account at coursera.org.

- Selected papers.

- All relevant material for sessions 3 and 4 will be covered in the lecture slides. The slides will be made available to the students on the course website before the start of the course.