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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,)

Abstract

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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  • Nancy Luke & Kaivan Munshi & Mark Rosenzweig, 2004. "Marriage, Networks, and Jobs in Third World Cities," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 2(2-3), pages 437-446, 04/05.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:jeurec:v:2:y:2004:i:2-3:p:437-446
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    Cited by:

    1. Delia Furtado & Nikolaos Theodoropoulos, 2009. "Intermarriage and Immigrant Employment: The Role of Networks," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 0906, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
    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. Hideaki Goto & Yukichi Mano, 2012. "Labor market competitiveness and the size of the informal sector," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 25(2), pages 495-509, January.

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    JEL classification:

    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development

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