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Coworker Networks and the Role of Occupations in Job Finding

Attila Gyetvai () and Maria Zhu ()
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Attila Gyetvai: Banco de Portugal

No 14615, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Which former coworkers help displaced workers find jobs? We answer this question by studying occupational similarity in job finding networks. Using matched employer-employee data from Hungary, this paper relates the unemployment duration of displaced workers to the employment rate of their former coworker networks. We find that while coworkers from all occupations are helpful in job finding, there is significant heterogeneity in effects by occupation skill-level. For workers in low-skill jobs, coworkers who worked in the same narrow occupation as the displaced worker are the most useful network contacts. For workers in high-skill jobs, coworkers from different occupations are the most useful network contacts.

Keywords: networks; job search; former coworkers; unemployment duration; skill heterogeneity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D85 J24 J64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2021-07
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-isf, nep-lab, nep-net and nep-ure
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