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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

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
Eeckhout, J. and Munshi, K. Matching in informal financial institutions, (2010) Journal of the European Economic Association

Cambridge Working Papers in Economics

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

Large-scale Experiments Workshop - Publication Date: 2016-11-25
Large-scale Experiments Workshop. This event will take place from the 21st March 2017, in the Moller Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Professor Munshi awarded the Infosys Prize - Publication Date: 2016-11-21
The Faculty is 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.

Andrew Odlyzko Public Talk (21 Oct) - Publication Date: 2015-10-12
Andrew Odlyzko will give a public talk called "The Uses, Abuses, and Non-uses of Quantitative Models in the British Railway Mania", on 21st October 2015 at 11am - 12.30pm in the Meade Room

Cambridge-INET The Economic Development of India Workshop - Publication Date: 2015-06-22
"An interdisciplinary workshop on the economic development of India will be held in Trinity Hall, Cambridge, on 26-27 June 2015. The aim is to encourage discussion across economics, history and related disciplines that is accessible to a wide audience.

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)


PIIB Paper 8 - Lent - Development Economics II
MPhil S500 - Development Economics

PhD Students


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


Gustavo Nicolas Paez
PhD Title: Regional Economics, Networks, and Development

Professor Kaivan Munshi

Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics

Research Group:
Empirical Microeconomics

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