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Village Economies and the Structure of Extended Family Networks

Manuela Angelucci (), Giacomo De Giorgi (), Marcos A. Rangel () and Imran Rasul ()
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Marcos A. Rangel: Harris School, University of Chicago

No 4499, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Abstract: This paper documents how the structure of extended family networks in rural Mexico relates to the poverty and inequality of the village of residence. Using the Hispanic naming convention, we construct within-village extended family networks in 504 poor rural villages. Family networks are larger (both in the number of members and as a share of the village population) and out-migration is lower the poorer and the less unequal the village of residence. Our results are consistent with the extended family being a source of informal insurance to its members.

Keywords: village marginality; migration; extended family network; village inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J12 O12 O17 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dev, nep-mig and nep-soc
Date: 2009-10
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Published in: B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy: Contributions to Economic Analysis and Policy . 2009, 9 (1)

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