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The Impact of Networks on Labour Market Outcomes
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Answers to a survey of Swedish workers who found jobs following a spell of unemployment are used to investigate relationships between features of the respondents’ social networks and their labour market outcomes. The aspects of networks studied are their quality, size and variedness, which are all predicted to be important by economic theory. Significant relationships between networks and outcomes are found. Network quality is found to be beneficial for hourly wages, job fit to education and experience, and the probability of having a permanent job contract. Professional network size improves all but the latter of these three outcomes, and network variedness results in better job fit. Significant connections are also found between network features and the use of contacts to find work. While omitted variables might affect the results, the findings survive a number of robustness checks and the rich set of covariates included in the regressions should reduce bias. The

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2017.
Keywords [en]
Social networks; Labour market outcomes; Wages; Job finding methods
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-326051OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-326051DiVA, id: diva2:1118318
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Available from: 2017-08-18 Created: 2017-06-30 Last updated: 2017-08-18Bibliographically approved

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