Kaivan Munshi

Adjunct Professor of Population Studies

Office: 203 Mencoff Hall
Tel: (401) 863-7062
Fax: (401) 863-3351


Kaivan Munshi joined Brown University and the PSTC in 2003. He is interested in economic development, population, and demography, with a particular emphasis on the interaction between social institutions and economic activity.

In previous NIH-funded research, Munshi has studied Mexican migrant-networks in the U.S. labor market and, with co-PI Nancy Luke (Sociology), the role played by sub-caste networks in India in determining marriage decisions, migration, and occupational choice. As the PI of a new $2.4-million NIH grant, Munshi, along with Luke, will assess the feasibility of expanding the scope of these sub-caste networks from private economic activity to the provision of public goods and services. They will explore, in particular, the feasibility of using community volunteers for the case management of tuberculosis. Other ongoing research studies the effect of initial conditions, separately in the American Midwest in the middle of the 19th century and in the post-bellum South, on long-term economic and demographic outcomes.


Economic development, India, Institutions, Mexico, Population and demography, Social networks, United States