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Social networks

Social interactions operating through networks of social contacts are an important feature of the social and economic system. The place of an individual within social networks may also tell us a lot about that person’s personal social capital.

A paper, co-authored with Gabriella Conti, Andrea Galeotti and Gerrit Mueller, uses long-term longitudinal data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study to analyse the links between a popularity measure of personal social capital in High School and labour market success almost four decades later. The paper is now published in the Journal of Human Resources (Fall 2013).