Microfinance and Changes in Networks of Advice and Favor Exchange in Rural Villages

Matthew Jackson delivered this keynote talk on May 8, 2015 at the Institute for Social Sciences conference series Leading Research in the Social Sciences Today. Jackson is the William D. Eberle Professor of Economics at Stanford University.

Jackson's current research includes the economics of social networks, the design and properties of political institutions, arms races and war and implementation and mechanism design. His recent book Social and Economic Networks (Princeton, 2008) offers a comprehensive introduction to social and economic networks, drawing on the latest findings in economics, sociology, computer science, physics and mathematics.

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The 2015 ISS conference series showcased world-class research by social scientists across UC Davis and by top researchers from across the country. Each day of the conference focused on a unique aspect of inquiry, including people in societies, perceptions and reality and the role of social networks in decision making. This conference was co-sponsored by the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, the Davis Humanities Institute and the Center for Regional Change.