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Social networks and trust / by Vincent Buskens
Bib ID 1694120
Format BookBook
Author
Buskens, Vincent Willem, 1968-
 
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Description Boston ; London : Kluwer Academic Publishers, c2002 
xvi, 269 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. 
ISBN 1402070101
Series

Theory and decision library. Series C, Game theory, mathematical programming, and operations research ; v. 30.

Summary

"Social Networks and Trust discusses two possible explanations for the emergence of trust via social networks. If network members can sanction untrustworthiness of actors, these actors may refrain from acting in an untrustworthy manner. Moreover, if actors are informed regularly about trustworthy behavior of others, trust will grow among these actors. A unique combination of formal model building and empirical methodology is used to derive and test hypotheses about the effects of networks on trust. The models combine elements from game theory, which is mainly used in economics, and social network analysis, which is mainly used in sociology." "The hypotheses are tested (1) by analyzing contracts in information technology transactions from a survey on small and medium-sized enterprises and (2) by studying judgments of subjects in a vignette experiment related to hypothetical transactions with a used-car dealer.".

"The book is of interest to academics in various fields of economics, sociology, and political science, such as game theory, organizational behavior, social networks and rational choice theory."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • 1. Introduction: Embedded Trust
  • 2. Social Network Analysis and Game Theory
  • 3. A Game-Theoretic Model for Control Effects in Social Networks
  • 4. A Stochastic Model for Information Diffusion in Social Networks
  • 5. Contracting in Information Technology Transactions: A Survey
  • 6. Buying a Used Car: An Experiment
  • 7. Summary and New Perspectives
  • App. A. Mathematical Details
  • App. B. Network Construction Methods for Valued Networks
  • App. C. Information on the MAT95 Questionnaire
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

Subjects Social networks.  |  Trust.

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