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Marriage, Networks, and Jobs in Third World Cities

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  • Nancy Luke

    (Brown University,)

  • Kaivan Munshi

    (Brown University and NBER,)

  • Mark Rosenzweig

    (Harvard University,)

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This paper reports on recent research that explores the role of the marriage institution in facilitating economic activity in two urban labor markets: Kisumu, Kenya and Bombay, India. Kin and affine networks, organized around the marriage institution, are shown to improve the individual's labor market outcomes, while at the same time increasing his social obligations, in Kisumu. Caste-based networks, also kept in place by the marriage institution, are shown to shape career choices in Bombay. Although the marriage institution may have demonstrated a significant degree of flexibility in transplanting traditional (rural) networks to the city, we argue that these networks will ultimately break down in the face of economic globalization. (JEL: J12, J24, O12) Copyright (c) 2004 The European Economic Association.

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Volume (Year): 2 (2004)
Issue (Month): 2-3 (04/05)
Pages: 437-446

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  1. Shing-Yi Wang, 2011. "Marriage Networks, Nepotism and Labor Market Outcomes in China," Working Papers id:4287, eSocialSciences.
  2. Yamamura, Eiji, 2014. "Identity, Nostalgia and Happiness among Migrants: The Case of the KĊshien High School Baseball Tournament in Japan," MPRA Paper 53776, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Delia Furtado & Nikolaos Theodoropoulos, 2009. "Intermarriage and Immigrant Employment: The Role of Networks," University of Cyprus Working Papers in Economics 3-2009, University of Cyprus Department of Economics.
  4. Hideaki Goto & Yukichi Mano, 2012. "Labor market competitiveness and the size of the informal sector," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 25(2), pages 495-509, January.

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