NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

From Farming to International Business: The Social Auspices of Entrepreneurship in a Growing Economy

Kaivan Munshi

NBER Working Paper No. 13065
Issued in April 2007

---- Acknowledgements -----

This project could not have been completed without the enormous effort put in by the survey team leader Sam Taraporevala, department of sociology, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. He was assisted in the implementation of the survey by a team of interviewers ably supervised by Noor Aboobakar and Delnaz Chinwalla. Among the many individuals in the diamond industry that I wish to thank are Mark Boston, Nehalchand Dhadda, Arun Doshi, Mahesh Gandani, Ghanshyam Dholakia, Kamlesh Jhaveri, Jal Mahimwalla, Bakul Mehta, Rashmin Mehta, Russell Mehta, Vinod Mehta, Arvind Parikh, Bharat Parikh, Milan Parikh, Rashna Press, Ramnik Shah and, especially, Suhrud Jhaveri and Rajul Jhaveri. The Gem and Jewelry Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) graciously gave me access to their database of diamond export firms. I am grateful to Andrew Foster and Ashley Lester for helpful discussions that clarified my thinking on the theoretical framework and to Ashish Khosla for writing the computer programs that translated the GJEPC data into a format that was suitable for analysis. Abhijit Banerjee, Asim Khwaja, Nancy Luke, Mark Rosenzweig and seminar participants at Beijing University, NBER, UBC, USC, and Yale provided helpful comments on the paper. Karim Ladha and Jonathan Stricks provided excellent research assistance. Research support from the National Science Foundation through grants SES-0431827 and SES-0617847 is gratefully acknowledged. I am responsible for any errors that may remain. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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