Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/123509
Authors: 
Gaudeul, Alexia
Giannetti, Caterina
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Papers, Center for European Governance and Economic Development Research 269
Abstract: 
We study in the laboratory the impact of private information revelation on the selection of partners when forming individual networks. Our experiment combines a "network game" and a "public-good game". In the network game, individuals decide with whom to form a link with, while in the public-good game they decide whether or not to contribute. The variations in our treatments allow us to identify the effect of revealing one´s name on the probability of link formation. Our main result suggests that privacy mechanisms affect partner selection and the consequent structure of the network: when individuals reveal their real name, their individual networks are smaller but their profits are higher. This indicates that the privacy costs of revealing personal information are compensated by more productive links.
Subjects: 
privacy
social networks
public goods
trust
JEL: 
D12
D85
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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