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American Economic Journal: Applied Economics: Vol. 5 No. 3 (July 2013)

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Marriage Networks, Nepotism, and Labor Market Outcomes in China

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Wang, Shing-Yi. 2013. "Marriage Networks, Nepotism, and Labor Market Outcomes in China." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 5(3): 91-112.

DOI: 10.1257/app.5.3.91

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This paper considers the role of marriage in improving labor market outcomes through the expansion of an individual's networks. I focus on the impact of the relationship with the father-in-law on a young man's career using panel data from China. The identification strategy isolates the network effects related to a man's father-in-law by examining the post-marriage death of a father-in-law. The estimates suggest that the loss of the father-in-law translates into a decrease in a man's earnings of 7 percent.

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Wang, Shing-Yi (U PA)

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D85: Network Formation and Analysis: Theory
J12: Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure; Domestic Abuse
J31: Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
O15: Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
P23: Socialist Systems and Transitional Economies: Factor and Product Markets; Industry Studies; Population
P36: Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions: Consumer Economics; Health; Education and Training: Welfare, Income, Wealth, and Poverty
Z13: Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Social and Economic Stratification

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