Gender Homophily across Types of Social Networks in Rural India

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In this paper, I search for evidence that women in 75 Indian villages are somehow constrained in their ability to make instrumental social connections necessary to start or run businesses. I compare gender homophily across ten different types of social networks, and find it to be relatively high in both genders and in most all of networks. It appears that both genders are similarly discouraged from relationships with people of the other gender, but less so when there is a transaction involved than when the association is entirely social in nature. Women in higher castes do not appear to be any more constrained than their lower caste counterparts. There is evidence that a homosocial norm discourages other-gender relationships, but it appears to be uniformly enforced across groups.


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Date created June 2010


Author Teter, Claire
Primary advisor Jackson, Matthew
Degree granting institution Stanford University, Department of Economics


Subject Stanford Department of Economics
Subject informal credit
Subject gender preference
Subject homosocial norm
Subject social network formation
Genre Thesis

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Teter, Claire. (2010). Gender Homophily across Types of Social Networks in Rural India. Stanford Digital Repository. Available at:


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