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Title: Caste, local networks and lucrative jobs: Evidence from rural Nepal
Authors: Hatlebakk, Magnus
Iversen, Vegard
Torsvik, Gaute
Keywords: Migrant workers
Nepali
Persian Gulf
Malaysia
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Chr. Michelsen Institute
Series/Report no.: CMI Working paper
WP 2010: 3
Abstract: We study how local connections to persons in influential positions affect access to lucrative international migrant jobs and attractive government employment. In rural Nepal, it would not be surprising if social status, captured by a household’s caste but also by wealth or education, strongly influenced or perhaps even exclusively determined the access to attractive labour market opportunities. This is not the case. Although much of the variation in migration can be attributed to wealth, education and social identity, household networks have a separate impact on external employment. Well-connected households are more likely to get government jobs and appear to have favorable access to the manpower agencies and the informal loans required to finance migration to the Persian Gulf or Malaysia.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10202/461
ISBN: 978-82-8062-289-1
ISSN: 1890-5048
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