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Endogenous job contact networks

Galeotti, A and Merlino, LP (2014) 'Endogenous job contact networks.' International Economic Review, 55 (4). 1201 - 1226. ISSN 0020-6598

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Abstract

© (2014) by the Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association. We develop a model where workers, anticipating the risk of becoming unemployed, invest in connections in order to access information about available jobs that other workers may have. The investment in connections is high when the job separation rate in the labor market is moderate, whereas it is low for either low or high levels of job separation rate. The equilibrium response of network investment to changes in the labor market conditions generates novel empirical predictions. In particular, the probability that a worker finds a new job via his connections increases in the separation rate when the separation rate is low, whereas it decreases when the separation rate is high. These predictions are supported by the empirical patterns that we document for the U.K. labor market.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2015 10:31
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 00:16
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12222

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