Power and Competition in Network Economies


Speaker:Robert Gilles, Queen's University Belfast
Date: Friday 17 October 2014
Time: 16.15 - 17.45
Location: Bateman Lecture Theatre, Building One

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Critical nodes—or “middlemen”—have an essential place in both social and economic networks when considering the flow of information and trade. This paper extends the concept of critical nodes to directed networks. We identify strong and weak middlemen.

Node contestability is introduced as a form of competition in networks; a duality between uncontested intermediaries and middlemen is established. The brokerage power of middlemen is formally expressed and a general algorithm is constructed to measure the brokerage power of each node from the networks adjacency matrix. Augmentations of the brokerage power measure are discussed to encapsulate relevant centrality measures.

We use these concepts to identify and measure middlemen in two empirical socioeconomic networks, the elite marriage network of Renaissance Florence and Krackhardt’s advice network.

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