Social Networks and Trust

  • Vincent┬áBuskens

Part of the Theory and Decision Library C: book series (TDLC, volume 30)

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Social Networks and Trust discusses two possible explanations for the emergence of trust via social networks. If network members can sanction untrustworthiness of actors, these actors may refrain from acting in an untrustworthy manner. Moreover, if actors are informed regularly about trustworthy behavior of others, trust will grow among these actors.
A unique combination of formal model building and empirical methodology is used to derive and test hypotheses about the effects of networks on trust. The models combine elements from game theory, which is mainly used in economics, and social network analysis, which is mainly used in sociology.
The hypotheses are tested (1) by analyzing contracts in information technology transactions from a survey on small and medium-sized enterprises and (2) by studying judgments of subjects in a vignette experiment related to hypothetical transactions with a used-car dealer.


Information Technology (IT) Nation Stochastic model calculus game theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Vincent┬áBuskens
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-7010-5
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-47645-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-6126
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