A team of economists participate in the framework of Social Fabric to explore, in cooperation with other groups, the role of social networks in determining peer influence and peer selection. Understanding Sensible DTU provides a novel way to measure social interactions on a large scale, which constitutes a unique data platform to further this research agenda.
The project seeks to examine the process of friendship and study groups formation among university students. A specific aim is to quantitatively identify how the process of social tie formation relates to students’ individual characteristics and how these may lead to different kinds of ties, which have different degrees of stability over time. Another aim is to explore the role of communication in social ties and groups on and how this quantitatively affect study behavior, academic outcomes etc. As a separate goal, we hope to further our understanding of study behavior and drop out behavior in tertiary education.