Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/74066
Authors: 
Antoni, Giacomo Degli
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
Nota di Lavoro, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei 32.2007
Abstract: 
Over the last few years, many studies have shown that social networks affect the socioeconomic development. This paper presents evidence, through the Italian microdata representative of the entire Italian population, that the quality and quantity of interpersonal relations of agents can increase their economic welfare. Two proxies of interpersonal relations at an individual level are considered: a proxy for the density and one for the quality of network structure of personal contacts. Both seem to have a positive effect on the level of household economic welfare of agents. This result proves robust to the inclusion of a variety of control variables and to the use of different econometric methods.
Subjects: 
Networks
Social Interactions
Household Economic Welfare
Microdata
Fuzzy Logic
JEL: 
D10
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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