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Type Conference Paper - World Bank International Conference on Poverty and Social Inclusion in the Western Balkans
Title Sustainability of anti-poverty measures: The hidden use of kinship networks
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2010
City Brussels
Country/State Belgium
URL http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTECAREGTOPPOVRED/Resources/EsmeraldaGASSIE.pdf
Business development is a direct cause for reducing poverty and enhancing social inclusion. Using a recent analysis on LSMS data for Albania, this paper shows that the kinship network does influence business growth and as such deserve additional attention. The purpose of this paper is twofold. On one hand, increase awareness on the socio-economic policies, such as anti-poverty measures, undertaken on time resistant and self sustained foundations. Policies based on local social networks are proofs of sustainability and efficiency. On the other hand, the aim of this paper is to demonstrate the validity of the kinship network as a positive contributor to firm growth when they are used constructively. The model presented in the paper introduces the kinship network participation in firm growth with the same legitimacy as other economic variables. Its contribution to understanding the underpinnings of poverty and inequality are yet to be explored.

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