Networks and social capital in developing countries

Social networks are very important in developing countries, forming an important substitute for missing or incomplete markets. They provide information on jobs, health and nutrition practices and new technologies, serve as institutions for sharing resources and risk and influence economic outcomes and participation in public policies.

EDePo research has analysed how networks influence investments in human capital in the presence of a conditional cash transfer programme, sharing of resources in resource-poor settings, and how social ties influence interactions in laboratory experiments in the field. Ongoing research is exploring how networks influence the uptake of interventions and policies, how interventions alter networks, and how they shape informal risk sharing patterns in developing countries.

In the area of social capital, EDePo work has investigated, using laboratory experiments in the field, how policies such as conditional cash transfer programmes and initiatives promoting community cohesion promote the building of social capital in post-conflict societies in Colombia.

Contacts

Orazio Attanasio

Orazio Attanasio

Research Director

Emla Fitzsimons

Emla Fitzsimons

Research Fellow

Marcos Vera-Hernandez

Marcos Vera-Hernandez

Research Fellow

Imran Rasul

Imran Rasul

Co-director, CPP

Bansi Malde

Bansi Malde

Research Associate

Luca Pellerano

Luca Pellerano

Research economist

Áureo de Paula

Áureo de Paula

Research Fellow

Vittorio Bassi

Vittorio Bassi

International Research Fellow