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The Bian pieces are nice illustrations of how the Chinese economic
transition has affected the usage of strong and weak ties in job search; the
papers by Cox and colleagues   describe how in developing countries, social
networks can provide systems of mutual support during economic crises.

@article{Bian:1997,
   Author = {Yanjie Bian},
   Title = {Bringing strong ties back in: {I}ndirect ties, network bridges,
and
   job searches in {C}hina},
   Journal = {American Sociological Review},
   Volume = 62,
   Number = 3,
   Pages = {366--385},
  Year = {1997}}

@incollection{Bian:1999,
   Author = {Yanjie Bian},
   Title = {Getting a job through a web of \textit{guanxi} in {C}hina},
   Pages = {255--277},
   Editor = {Barry Wellman},
   BookTitle = {Networks in the Global Village: Life in Contemporary
    Communities},
   Publisher = {Westview Press},
   Address = {Boulder, CO},
  Year = {1999}}



@article{CoxJimenez:1998,
   Author = {Donald Cox and Emmanuel Jimenez},
   Title = {Risk sharing and private transfers: {W}hat about urban
households?},
   Journal = {Economic Development and Cultural Change},
   Volume = 46,
   Number = 3,
   Pages = {621--637},
 Year = {1998}}

@misc{CoxEtAl:1999,
   Author = {Donald Cox and Bruce E. Hansen and Emmanuel Jimenez},
   Title = {How responsive are private transfers to income? {E}vidence
   from a laissez-faire economy},
   Howpublished = {Working Paper, Department of Economics, Boston
University},
 Year = {1999}}

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