social multipliers

Mary. A. Burke
From The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, 2008
Edited by Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume
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Social multipliers can be thought of as indicators of the degree of strategic complementarity among interacting agents. A simple choice model is used to derive a formal expression of the social multiplier. The behaviour of the multiplier is described in relation to various factors, such as the strength of complementarity and topology of social interactions. Social multipliers are shown to help explain behaviours, such as criminal activity and labour participation, which vary greatly across social groups or across time out of proportion to variation in fundamentals. Challenges associated with identification of social multipliers are also discussed.
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Burke, Mary. A. "social multipliers." The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Second Edition. Eds. Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online. Palgrave Macmillan. 13 December 2017 <> doi:10.1057/9780230226203.1560

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