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Tyler McCormick

Department of Statistics
Department of Sociology
University of Washington
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Seattle, WA 98195-4322

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

June 2017Using Aggregated Relational Data to Feasibly Identify Network Structure without Network Data
with Emily Breza, Arun G. Chandrasekhar, Mengjie Pan: w23491
Social network data is often prohibitively expensive to collect, limiting empirical network research. Typical economic network mapping requires (1) enumerating a census, (2) eliciting the names of all network links for each individual, (3) matching the list of social connections to the census, and (4) repeating (1)-(3) across many networks. In settings requiring field surveys, steps (2)-(3) can be very expensive. In other network populations such as financial intermediaries or high-risk groups, proprietary data and privacy concerns may render (2)-(3) impossible. Both restrict the accessibility of high-quality networks research to investigators with considerable resources. We propose an inexpensive and feasible strategy for network elicitation using Aggregated Relational Data (ARD) – resp...
 
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