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  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (Nov. 21 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691148201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691148205
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Honorable Mention for the 2008 PROSE Award in Economics, Association of American Publishers

"Jackson's review of diffusion models is excellent, as tight an overview of these models as I have seen anywhere. . . . Social and Economic Networks is a must-read for all those steeped in the traditional social network analysis paradigm. Economists will find Jackson offers them a superb and accessible introduction to network questions and models. And for others from any social science background curious about social networks, I recommend a careful read of the book."--David Krackhardt, Science

"This book deserves the highest recommendations for all readers interested in networks and interdependence. It is written clearly, and could be used both as a starting textbook for a journey to the world of networks and also as an expert guide for scientists studying social and economic networks."--Károly Takács, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation

"I strongly recommend this book to any scholar or student interested in networks, not only in economics but in any connected field such as sociology, physics, and applied mathematics. Matthew Jackson's guided tour of the literature on economic and social networks is superb."--Joan de Martí Beltran, Regional Science and Urban Economics

"[T]his is a valuable book that raises crucial questions for today's sociologist interested in social networks."--Paola Tubaro, Sociology

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"The study of networks is one of the liveliest and most interesting topics in contemporary economic theory. In this timely and beautifully written book, Matthew Jackson--a leading theorist and pioneer in network theory--lucidly lays out the elements of the theory as well as some cutting-edge research."--Eric S. Maskin, Nobel Laureate in Economics

"Lucid and comprehensive, Jackson's book elegantly synthesizes several important strands of network science from sociology, physics, mathematics, computer science, and economics. It will be an immensely useful reference for researchers and students alike."--Duncan Watts, Columbia University

"Matt Jackson has met and exceeded the challenge of producing a landmark work in a rapidly emerging and highly interdisciplinary field. It is wonderfully written, expertly balancing motivation and examples with technical detail. It should become a treasured resource for members of several research communities, including economists, sociologists, and computer scientists."--Michael Kearns, University of Pennsylvania

"Jackson does justice to the vast interdisciplinary field of complex systems by bringing together the key advances scattered in the social science, physics, mathematics, computer science, and economics literature. With its comprehensive exposition and numerous fascinating examples, this is a must-read for everybody interested in social and economic networks."--Albert-László Barabási, University of Notre Dame

"This book is an eye-opener. In addition to describing the new models of small-world and scale-free networks first developed by physical scientists, it also reveals the fascinating work done by economists on social networks. It is the best available textbook on network models, containing well-thought-out and demanding problems at the end of every chapter."--Phillip Bonacich, University of California, Los Angeles

"This is an excellent, incredible, and much-needed book. Every incoming graduate student who deals with networks in economics, political science, or sociology will want it as a reference. Social and Economic Networks will become the book in formal network analysis in the social sciences. Its clarity is unsurpassed, and perhaps even unsurpassable."--Scott E. Page, author of The Difference

"This is a wonderful book on social networks that will be immensely successful both as a reference on the state of the art and as a textbook for advanced courses. I believe that this book will spur renewed interest in social and economic networks, and serve as an inspiration for many researchers. Fascinating and very pleasant to read."--Francis Bloch, école Polytechnique

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Prof. Jackson has done a rigorous and comprehensive job writing a book that covers pretty much all the main (and current) topics of the Network Theory.
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HASH(0x9952615c) out of 5 stars Excellent for Strategic Networks Jan. 3 2010
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Jackson has really produced a wonderfully cogent book with an economic approach to studying networks. To be clear, the book is aimed at readers with a degree of mathematical sophistication. He examines how (cooperative and non-cooperative) game theory can be applied to networks, i.e. models of friendship between individuals, alliances between firms and other similar situations. The empirical analysis of networks is treated in a couple of chapters, but perhaps deserves a separate book. Overall, this is an ideal place to start for someone interested in developing microeconomic and game-theoretic models of network interactions.
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This book is a very useful approach to the social and economic networks by an interesting mathematical view. The exposition is no very difficult as calculations, if one knows sufficiently the game theory. This method is a mix by the Statistics and the Graph theory, while a significative role is related to the Bayes formula. This theory depends in large part by the game theory, let be cooperative or not-cooperative. The applications are about the biology, next the sociology and the economics.
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HASH(0x9952648c) out of 5 stars A clear book with the right balance June 30 2014
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I like this book very much. It has the right balance, in my view, between verbal and 'social science' explanations, and mathematical expositions. It provides enough mathematical background for those who do not have it, as well as social and economic background and motivation. I intend to use some chapters in this book for a "Networks" course I will teach.
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HASH(0x99526384) out of 5 stars Excellent Jan. 30 2014
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A reference book and great resource for network researchers. Matthew Jackson exposes with mastery the framework keys to understand the modelization of social and economic systems.
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This is the best combination of practical and technical presentation I've seen for this material.