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The effects of specific occupations in position generator measures of social capital

Hellsten, Martin; Edling, Christofer LU and Rydgren, Jens (2015) In Social Networks 40. p.55-63
Abstract
The position generator is a widespread method for measuring latent social capital in which respondents are queried about contacts on a list of occupations predefined by the analyst. We separate out the unique contribution of each occupation to aggregated measures of social capital. It turns out that this contribution varies vastly: knowing a person in some occupations provides substance to measures of social capital, while knowing a person in a few occupations is irrelevant and contributes statistical noise and causes attenuation bias. We discuss the implication of our findings for the design of position generator measures generally.
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social capital, position generator, measurement error, Jack-knife, sociologi, sociology
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Social Networks
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40
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55 - 63
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Elsevier
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0378-8733
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10.1016/j.socnet.2014.06.002
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English
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  author       = {Hellsten, Martin and Edling, Christofer and Rydgren, Jens},
  issn         = {0378-8733},
  keyword      = {social capital,position generator,measurement error,Jack-knife,sociologi,sociology},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {55--63},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Social Networks},
  title        = {The effects of specific occupations in position generator measures of social capital},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socnet.2014.06.002},
  volume       = {40},
  year         = {2015},
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