Volume 23 - Article 6 | Pages 117-152
A description of within-family resource exchange networks in a Malawian village
|Date received:||18 May 2009|
|Date published:||20 Jul 2010|
|Keywords:||Malawi, Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health, networks, resource exchange, social network|
In this paper we explore patterns of economic transfers between adults within household and family networks in a village in Malawi’s Rumphi district, using data from the 2006 round of the Malawi Longitudinal Study of Families and Health. We fit Exponential-family Random Graph Models (ERGMs) to assess individual, relational, and higher-order network effects. The network effects of cyclic giving, reciprocity, and in-degree and out-degree distribution suggest a network with a tendency away from the formation of hierarchies or "hubs." Effects of age, sex, working status, education, health status, and kinship relation are also considered.
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