Social Interactions and Social Capital

Community Affairs Research Seminar Series

Cleveland, Ohio

November 21, 2008


While social interactions has been a main focus of sociological research, as recently as the late 1960s, conventional economics followed a more individualistic approach to analyzing how people make decisions. Homo economicus operated within his own bubble, maximizing his individual utility within given constraints. Whether choosing how hard to work or what to consume, decisions were always based on what delivered the largest personal return for given market prices and budgets. (read more)


9:15 - 11:45

Steven Durlauf: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Social Capital: The Challenge for Research

Ethan Cohen-Cole: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Social networks and Personal Bankruptcy

Tanya Rosenblat: Iowa State University
Informal Lending and Social Networks

Mary Burke: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - Discussion

12:10 PM - 1:00 PM 

Jane Cooley: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Desegregation and the Achievement Gap: Do Diverse Peers Help?

1:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Mark Joseph: Case Western Reserve University
The Possibilities and Challenges of Mixed-Income Development: Emerging Findings from Chicago

Deven Carlson: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Long-Term Effects of Public Low-Income Housing Vouchers on Work, Earnings, and Neighborhood Quality

Bruce Weinberg: Ohio State University
Social Interactions with Endogenous Associations – Discussion