Networks, Group Identity and Poverty


In the past decades, the economic analysis of social networks and groups has rapidly developed. This article discusses a few mechanisms through which social networks and groups affect poverty and social and economic inequality. Social net- works and groups can both keep people in poverty or be tools for the emancipation of the poor. An efficient poverty reducing policy should account for these mechanisms or even employ them for the greater good.

Reflets et perspectives de la vie economique (2011), 50(4), 133-142
Lyna Sheremeta
Lyna Sheremeta
Professor of Public Economics