Year / Semester: SS 17 (Semester Course)  
Course: Network Science & Economics  
Code: 6610-0549  
Course Language : English  
Lecturer: Büchel B.  
Level: Master  
Hours per week: 3  
ECTS: 4.5  
Course Goals: Students are supposed to…
a) learn how to (mathematically) describe and analyze social networks,
b) understand a few of the most important ideas developed in network science, and
c) learn how to analyze microeconomic models of network formation.
Course Description: Course Description:
Facebook and Xing are two well-known examples of social networks. However, the importance of relationships is not restricted to online relationships and, similarly, the term social networks includes various applications apart from online social networks: Examples range from ancient marriage networks to R&D collaborations between firms. The analysis of social networks has become one of the liveliest fields of research in economics, as well as in other social sciences. This course gives an introduction into this field and thereby puts emphasis on economic models of network formation.
1. Introduction to social networks: motivation, basic definitions, examples
2. Ideas from social network analysis: importance of social networks, centrality, patterns of social networks
3. Models of strategic network formation: set-up, examples, properties
4. Network formation and games: stability versus efficiency
5. Outlook: behavior on networks
Reference Books, Duplicated Notes: • Jackson, M.O. (2008): Social and Economic Networks. Princeton Univ. Press. (Main Textbook)
• Bramoulle, Y., Galeotti, A., & Rogers, B. (2016). The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Networks. Oxford University Press.
• Easley, D. and Kleinberg, J. (2011): Networks, Crowds, and Markets: Reasoning About a Highly Connected World. Cambridge Univ. Press.
Time Schedule:
Date Hour Course / Excercise Room
Thursday 06.04.2017   9:00 - 12:00   Course   PER 21 E040  
Thursday 06.04.2017   14:15 - 17:00   Course   PER 21 D230  
Friday 07.04.2017   9:00 - 12:00   Course   PER 21 B207  
Friday 07.04.2017   14:15 - 17:00   Course   PER 21 B207  
Thursday 18.05.2017   9:00 - 12:00   Course   PER 21 G414  
Thursday 18.05.2017   14:15 - 17:00   Course   PER 21 D230  
Friday 19.05.2017   9:00 - 12:00   Course   PER 21 C130  
Friday 19.05.2017   14:15 - 17:00   Course   PER 21 C130  
Thursday 01.06.2017   9:00 - 12:00   Course   PER 21 B205  
Thursday 01.06.2017   14:15 - 17:00   Course   PER 21 B205  
Friday 02.06.2017   9:00 - 12:00   Course   PER 21 E040  
Friday 02.06.2017   14:15 - 17:00   Course   PER 21 B130  
Authorised Students / Restrictions / Conditions:
Student Number: No restriction  
Softskills Students: Authorised  
Free Auditor: Authorised  
Erasmus students: Authorised 
Condition: -  
Examinations Information:
Examination Regulation: Regulations from May 19th, 2014 on the organisation of assessments at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Fribourg  
Type of Assessment: written exam

  • The registration period summer period 2017 for the exam will be from February 16th 9h00 am to Mars 17th 2017 12:00 am on mySES.
  • The examinations registration period for the re-assessment period 2017 will be open on mySES from 24th July to 4th August 2017, 12:00 am.
  • Without registration in the given period, no exam in the choosen period can be taken. Please take note of the deadline.
Duration of Examination:  60 Min  
Language(s) of Assessment: English  
Study Programme:
Valid for the following programmes:
  • Master in Economics; Module 6: Quantitative Economics
  • Master in Economics; Module 7: Economic Theory
  • Master in Economics; Offer Master list Economics