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The Human Network This book is a blisteringly fast paced high level survey of an area of economic theory that has growing influence and is largely driven by people like Jackson and Kleinberg This is a particularly strong area of study for Cornell's Economics and Information Science programs Although economists typically consider Network Economics to be heterodox or interdisciplinary it has grown to meet the challenges of accounting for externalities in spaces where formerly externalities were phantoms of assumed linear market structuresThis book provides something of an interest especially to economists information scientists and communications scholars Although this book is very high level and gives case after case of successes of the methods of networks it also offers an interesting take on how people can organize and in some cases can't organize to better their lives in a way that is easy to digest Also this book serves as a who's who for theory concepts related to the field But yet there seems to be some missing parts This book is a particularly political one in that it hides some names of real importance to the field This is an attempt to align network economic theory as a counterpart to neoclassical economic theory and Keynesian approaches to policy that is to say politically centerist arguments about the goals of network economic arguments What it does not come as close to mentioning is the fundamentals that come from Hayek and the following neo Austrian movement in modeling for limited information problems in decision making Although this book has been highly recommended by Mechanism Design theorists Maskin and Myerson this does not come an inch closer to mentioning their fellow Nobel Laurette Leonid Hurwicz or his student Myrna Wooders at Vanderbilt who is extremely well cited in areas of networked policy and game theory methods This seems to be somewhat of an oversight or perhaps an explicit political gestureOtherwise I am very pleased with this book as a consumerinformational level read that offers very informed takes on where economics is moving in terms of theory in a highly informational world This is the first book I have read that was written by an economist at least knowingly How have I managed to get this far in life without knowing how broad and interesting a subject economics is There are numerous examples of societal conditions such as segregation financial immobility and polarization that I have witnessed without an appreciation how predictable the behaviors and situations are given certain circumstances With this knowledge we may seek out solutions to combat these injustices A fresh and intriguing look at how our hidden positions in various social structures or human networks shape how we think and behave how our very outlook on life is formed by a distinguished professor of economics at Stanford University Ineuality social immobility and political polarization are but a few crucial phenomena driven by the inevitability of social structures Social structures determine who has power and influence can explain why people fail to assimilate basic facts and can help us understand patterns of contagion from the spread of disease to financial crises Despite their primary role in shaping our lives human networks are often overlooked when we try to account for our most important political and economic behaviors and trends This book illuminates the complexity of the social networks in which we are positioned sometimes unwittingly and can help us to better undertstand why we are who we are as individuals Ranging across disciplines psychology behavioral economics sociology and business and rich with historical analogies and anecdotes The Human Network provides an eye opening and fascinating account of what can drive success or failure in life The book is a wonderful introduction to Network Theory I really liked how the author went about building intuition through examples and diagrams and didn’t get into the very technical details However even without the technical details the book does a really good job of explaining some very key conceptsWhile the importance of networks may seem obvious and commonsensical the book provides a structured way in which we can think about these issuesI really liked the point about how stronger networks are potentially feeding higher levels of polarisation through homophily It didn’t strike me that the views of my network could potentially be my own views being double countedYet networks can also be used for good as the example of microfinance has shown Overall this book gives a very good introduction to a fascinating topic Human Networks The hopeful concepts of the book we have less poverty and less wars globallyThe truth of the book our families are fragmented geographicallyThe new word homophily something to be aware of and careful about It means the tendency to gravitate to like peopleThe interesting thing Connections for the most part are hugely beneficial Keep making them Good introduction to the economic analysis of networks from arguably the leading expert but at a very broad level There's not a lot of detail provided and the book moves from topic to topic uickly The presentation of basic concepts double counting homophily degree are communicated well and the diagrams of different kinds of networks used to do so are the highlight of the book My biggest takeaway was Jackson's succinct clear analogy between the variety of descriptive stats available for networks being like those for finding the greatest basketball player and why this perspective is necessary given the crazy number of possible linkage arrangements for even a small set of nodesWant to learn about Keynesian beauty contests and related games infectious disease epi stats for network analysis Fascinating I had the chance to be a remote pupil of Pr Jackson really missing the Hi Folks and this book sums up pretty much what we've learnedIn fact it is less technical and has practically no euations inside unlike the course on ERGMs Exponential Random Graph Models and SERGMs Statistical Exponential Random Graph Models It is a good starting point for anyone curious about network's theory to familiarize with the plethora of cases where network theory proved to be helpful and what's interesting is that the majority of cases stated inside the book were real research subjects that he worked on or collaborated in Content aside I think that I agree with Sara and that me too I loved the descriptions of the concepts and ideas that came at the beginning of each chapter before the technical presentation The references were ultra exhaustive #ReferencesGoals The book is a description of how human network patterns determine our power opinions opportunities behaviors and accomplishments Emphasising on well connectedness the author is giving you a notion how you found yourself in the place you’re currently in due to networks you hold Human mind tends to look for coincidences and this book deals with it on a global scale Jackson’s examples are elegantly built many times returning to his pro vaccination view I encourage to read this book because it makes you think and rethink how much of your life is influenced by the networks you hold If you thought this was a self development book on motivating you to get better position in terms of networking this is not that book Well not uite Still a lot of big ideas to implementThis is where an economics writing for sure written by an economisteconomics professor of Stanford University collides with social issues of networking ranging from making friends and dating and choosing college to contagion of disease to banking system and world's socio economic ineualityAs an International Political Economy student I truly enjoyed this book I've learned a lot from how centrality and influence of our friends really matter how humans used to network historically Ivy League and its privilege microfinancing Chinese guanxi and overall how our social positions could be analyzed through data used in economics Jackson also provides uite a number of charts and graphs on how the nodes of networking work His style of writing is actually very simple and he brought several interesting illustration to complement Considering how this book is actually deeply academics he wrote it in a style where the readers can easily understand his ideas I recommend this book if you enjoy reading about social issues and economy This was a very informative book Detailed enough to really get into the subject and short enough not to be daunting It's not a light reading but it definitely is worth a read