The role of social capital in applicants´ strategies in Russian regional markets of higher education
sociology SU-HSE Moscow, Russia
The present paper describes a study that will examine the role of social capital in applicants? strategies on Russian regional markets of higher education using primarily the database provided by the Laboratory of institutional analysis of economic reforms and the secondary data gathered from federal web-site www.edu.ru. More precisely, the research will be concerned with the role of strong and weak ties in applicants? strategies under different market structures. It is argued that while the social capital literature has produced many insights, a number of conceptual and statistical problems exist with the current use of social capital concept. Employing the social network approach a model that considers social capital effect will be designed. It is anticipated that the results of this study will yield important insight into both the understanding of the role of social capital in applicants? strategies and the consequencies of social network deployment under different market structures.