Modeling the Diffusion of Complex Innovations as a Process of Opinion Formation through Social Networks

Published Research

Complex innovations – ideas, practices, and technologies that hold uncertain benefits for potential adopters — often vary in their ability to diffuse in different communities over time. To explain why, I develop a model of innovation adoption in which agents engage in naïve (DeGroot) learning about the value of an innovation within their social networks.Read More

Change Agents Working Across Multiple Networks: Role Divergence and Microfinance Participation Among Women in 43 Indian Villages

Working Papers

Microfinance is an important method of lending to female micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries. This method leverages social influence in networks to promote program participation through central change agents in the community. Existing networks literature would suggest that central change agents should be more effective at promoting participation. Read More

Multiplex Ties and the Diffusion of Complex Innovations: Evidence from a Microfinance Intervention

Working Papers

The networks literature examining the diffusion of complex innovations by social contagion has focused on the benefits of “multiplex” (or “wide”) ties in these processes. Multiplex ties span different types of networks to create inter-connectivity across subgraphs within a community. Read More