New Roles for Marriage in Urban Africa ∗

  title={New Roles for Marriage in Urban Africa ∗},
  author={Nancy Luke and Kaivan Munshi and Yuichi Kitamura and Gregory Kordas and Michael Kremer},
This paper explores two new and important roles that the marriage institution could potentially play in urban Africa: facilitating kin and affine networks that find jobs for their members when information problems are present in the labor market and regulating non-marital sexual activity in a high HIV/AIDS environment. Using new data from Kisumu, Kenya, and controlling for selection into marriage, we find that marriage significantly increases employment levels and incomes in our sample of… CONTINUE READING


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