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Social networks
Journal Article
Informal institutions, transaction risk, and firm productivity in Myanmar

In many low-income transition countries, where formal institutions such as courts do not function effectively, informal institutions are often used by firms to minimize transaction risks...

Firm productivity Informal institutions Relational contracting
Working Paper
Diffusion of agricultural innovations in Guinea-Bissau: From learning to doing

This paper analyses the pathways of technology diffusion through social networks, following the experimental introduction of new technologies in Guinea-Bissau...

Agriculture Technology Knowledge diffusion
Policy Brief
Six sets of policy actions to promote social mobility

Promoting social mobility is an essential task of development, and a multi-faceted one. Precarious livelihoods are widespread. Containing downward mobility is an important precondition for sustaining upward mobility...

Social mobility Poverty Inequality
Journal Article
Normalizing necessity?: Support networks and racial inequality in Namibia

Community support is a critical source to sustain livelihoods in the Global South. At the same time, these practices can exhibit unequal dynamics such as disincentives, hierarchies, or adverse inclusion of individuals...

Inequality Race Social networks
Book Chapter
Social networks as levers of mobility

From the book: Social mobility in developing countries

Behavioral economics Cultural economics Geographic labour mobility
Working Paper
Poverty, social networks, and clientelism

Why are the poor susceptible to clientelism, and what factors shield them from the influence of vote buying? We explore the role of both formal and informal social networks in shaping the likelihood of being targeted with private inducements...

Social networks Poor vote-buying
Working Paper
Exploring economic support networks amidst racial inequality in Namibia

Community or interpersonal support as a critical source of livelihood sustenance in the Global South can exhibit unequal dynamics. An understanding of these practices is primarily tied to the conceptual space of poverty or small communities...

Inequality Race Social networks
Working Paper
The gendered crisis: livelihoods and mental well-being in India during COVID-19

This paper studies the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the gendered dimensions of employment and mental health among urban informal-sector workers in India...

COVID-19 Informal sector Employment
Working Paper
Informal institutions, transaction risk, and firm productivity in Myanmar

In many low-income transition countries, where formal institutions such as courts do not function effectively, informal institutions are often used by firms to minimize transaction risks...

Firm productivity Informal institutions Relational contracting
Working Paper
Social networks, role models, peer effects, and aspirations

We review the literature on pathways through which social networks may influence social mobility in developing countries...

Behavioral economics Cultural economics Geographic labour mobility
Working Paper
Social networks, geographic proximity, and firm performance in Vietnam

This paper uses panel data to assess the relative importance of social networks and geographic proximity to micro, small, and medium enterprises in Vietnam...

Social networks Manufacturing firms Viet Nam
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