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Research Interests

Communities and development. Networks. Migration. Misallocation


Kaivan Munshi's research career has been devoted to the analysis of communities and their interaction with economic activity. His recent work has examined the effect of community networks on education, health, and mobility, which are key determinants of growth and development. Munshi's research has been published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Review of Economic Studies. He is currently co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics.

Recent Publications

Published Papers

Veesa, K.S., John, K.R., Moonan, P.K., Kaliappan, S.P., Manjunath, K., Sagili, K.D., Ravichandra, C., Menon, P.A., Dolla, C., Luke, N., Munshi, K., George, K., and Minz, S. Diagnostic pathways and direct medical costs incurred by new adult pulmonary tuberculosis patients prior to anti-tuberculosis treatment - Tamil Nadu, India, (2018) PLoS ONE
Munshi, K. and Rosenzweig, M. Networks and misallocation: insurance, migration, and the rural-urban wage gap, (2016) American Economic Review
Munshi, K. Community networks and the process of development, (2014) Journal of Economic Perspectives
Nancy, L. and Munshi, K. Women as agents of change: female income and mobility in India, (2011) Journal of Development Economics
Munshi, K. Strength in numbers: Networks as a solution to occupational traps, (2011) Review of Economic Studies

Cambridge Working Papers in Economics

Dai, R., Mookherjee, D., Munshi, K. and Zhang, X. Community Networks and the Growth of Private Enterprise in China , (2018) CWPE1850
Munshi, K. Caste and the Indian Economy, (2017) CWPE1759
Munshi, K. Community Networks and the Process of Development, (2015) CWPE1545
Munshi, K. and Rosenzweig, M. Networks and Misallocation: Insurance, Migration, and the Rural-Urban Wage Gap, (2015) CWPE1562

Chapter in Book

Munshi, K. Community networks and migration, (2016) in the book: The Oxford handbook of the economics of networks - Oxford University Press
Munshi, K. Caste networks in the modern Indian economy, (2016) in the book: Development in India: micro and macro perspectives - Springer India
Munshi, K. Labor and credit networks in developing economies, (2010) in the book: Handbook of Social Economics - Elsevier

Recent Activities

Prof. Munshi to Deliver Three Invited Lectures - Publication Date: 2017-12-11
Professor Kaivan Munshi will deliver three invited lectures over December and January. The Infosys Prize Lecture at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore on 15th December 2017, the Infosys Prize Lecture at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai on 4th January 2018 and 13th Annual Conference on Growth and Development, hosted by the Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi on the 19th December 2017.

Prof. Munshi to Deliver Annual Indu Bhatt Lecture - Publication Date: 2017-11-03
Professor Kaivan Munshi will deliver this years Indu Bhatt Lecture at Yale University on 9th November 2017. The title of the talk is Missing Girls. This annual lecture is organized by the South Asian Studies Council and the MacMillan Center at Yale University and is open to the public.

Cambridge IBSEN Workshop: Large scale Experiments - Publication Date: 2017-03-21
The main focus of the workshop is on large-scale experiments with human subjects. Such experiments aim at understanding complex social phenomena that are observed in real life. This workshop will bring together researchers working on social/economic experiments involving human interactions in groups or networks.

Professor Munshi awarded the Infosys Prize - Publication Date: 2016-11-21
The Faculty of Economics and Cambridge-INET are delighted to announce the news that Professor Kaivan Munshi has been awarded the 2016 Infosys Prize in the Social Sciences

Networks and Misallocation: Insurance, Migration, and the Rural-Urban Wage Gap - Publication Date: 2016-11-17
by Kaivan Munshi and Mark Rosenzweig
Institutions are implicit or explicit rules that bring people with the same objective together. In new research, Professor Kaivan Munshi discusses the role of informal community-based institutions in migration and the development process.

Research Grants

The Economics Of Stigma: Community-Level Determinants And Consequences For Health (ISAAC NEWTON TRUST)

Keynes Fund Sponsored Projects

The Economic Consequences of Marriage-Market Inefficiency: Gender Inequality and Human Capital Accumulation in a Transition Economy (JHLL)
Herding in Organ Transplant Decisions with de Mel, S., Reiche, S., Sabourian, H. and Saeb-Parsy, K. (JHOW)


PIIB Paper 8 - Lent - Development Economics II

PhD Students


Stephanie De Mel
PhD Title: Private or Public? Efficiency and Equity Implications of Tertiary Education Choice

Professor Kaivan Munshi

Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics

Research Group:
Empirical Microeconomics

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