Name Measuring Economic Development with Mobile Phone Metadata
Source Santa Fe Institute, Massachusetts Insitute of Technology
Hyperlink to Source http://www.sciencemag.org/content/328/5981/1029
Description This study combines the most complete record of a national communication network with national census data on the socioeconomic well-being of communities. Social networks form the backbone of social and economic life. Until recently, however, data have not been available to study the social impact of a national network structure. To that end, the researchers combined the most complete record of a national communication network with national census data on the socioeconomic well-being of communities. These data make possible a population-level investigation of the relation between the structure of social networks and access to socioeconomic opportunity. They find that the diversity of individuals’ relationships is strongly correlated with the economic development of communities.
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Lead Institution Santa Fe Institute, Massachusetts Insitute of Technology
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Partners Cornell University, The Brookings Institution, BT Group plc
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Info link http://www.sciencemag.org/content/328/5981/1029
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Type Research
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Status Pilot
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    Created On 2014-04-12
    Updated On 2014-04-12
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