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Student social network of friendship: structure and factors of formation (Center for Institutional Studies Research Seminar)

Speakers: Ekaterina Krekhovets (Senior Lecturer, Department of Economic Theory and Econometrics, Higher School of Economics), Oleg Poldin (Research Fellow, Center for Institutional Studies, Higher School of Economics)

Speaker: Ekaterina Krekhovets (Senior Lecturer, Department of Economic Theory and Econometrics, Higher School of Economics), Oleg Poldin (Research Fellow, Center for Institutional Studies, Higher School of Economics)

January 22, Thursday, Myasnitskaya 24, building 3, room 424, 16.00. 

We consider the structure of social network of university students, and analyze factors that lead to the network formation. Using the data from student survey and administrative information, we estimate econometric models that assume homophily and geographic closeness effect on the likelihood of being friends. Specifically, we estimate linear probability models with and without fixed effects, and logistic model for probability of a tie between two students. The results confirm the significance of such friendship formation factors as sharing the same study group, living in the same dorm, closeness of academic achievement and gender  homophily. 


Working paper: download