Rational Action Approaches and Network Analysis

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC45 Rational Choice (host committee)

Language: English

Network analysis approaches at micro level have been traditionally based on some assumptions about rational actors who invest/exploit their interpersonal ties to fulfil their goals. Network analysis studies both the structural consequences of their strategies and the constraints of social relations on individual strategies, how actors react to them and contribute to structural changes. More recently, the emergence of communication networks based on Internet has encouraged the application of algorithms to analyze big data.

This session accepts empirical papers based on different methods (traditional sociometric approaches, experiments, game theoretical applications, surveys) and different data collection techniques (ego-networks, Small-World, procedures aiming at distinguishing between signal and noise in communication networks). Models and empirical applications based on different theoretical concepts that have been developed in the literature are also welcome, such as strength of weak ties (Granovetter), structural holes (Burt), social capital (Coleman and Lin), bonding and bridging social capital (Portes).

Session Organizer:
Antonio M. CHIESI, Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milano, Italy
Oral Presentations
Solidarity and Competition: Simulating Social Support between Competing Collaboration Partners
Federico BIANCHI, University of Brescia, Italy; Andreas FLACHE, University of Groningen / ICS, Netherlands; Flaminio SQUAZZONI, University of Brescia, Italy
Effects of Microinsurance on Informal Safety Nets – a Model-Based Analysis
Meike WILL, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department of Ecological Modelling, Germany; Birgit MÜLLER, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department of Ecological Modelling, Germany; Jürgen GROENEVELD, Institute of Forest Growth and Forest Computer Sciences, TU Dresden, Tharandt, Germany; Niklas HASE, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department of Computational Landscape Ecology, Germany
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