EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Coworkers, Networks, and Job Search Outcomes

Perihan Saygin (), Andrea Weber () and Michèle A. Weynandt

No 2014-06, NRN working papers from The Austrian Center for Labor Economics and the Analysis of the Welfare State, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Abstract: Social networks are an important channel of information transmission in the labor market. This paper studies the mechanisms by which social networks have an impact on labor market outcomes of displaced workers. We base our analysis on administrative records for the universe of private sector employment in Austria where we define work-related networks formed by past coworkers. To distinguish between mechanisms of information transmission, we adopt two different network perspectives. From the job-seeker's perspective we analyze how network characteristics affect job finding rates and wages in the new jobs. Then we switch to the perspective of the hiring firm and analyze which types of displaced workers get hired by firms that are connected to a closing firm via past coworker links. Our results indicate that employment status and the firm types of former coworkers are crucial for the job finding success of their displaced contacts. Moreover, 21% of displaced workers find a new job in a firm that is connected to their former workplace. Among all workers that were displaced from the same closing firm those with a direct link to a former coworker are twice as likely to be hired by the connected firm than workers without a link. These results highlight the role of work related networks in the transmission of job information and strongly suggest that job referrals are an important mechanism.

Keywords: Social Networks; Job Displacement; Plant Closure; Referral Hiring (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J63 J64 M51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
Date: 2014-05
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-lab, nep-net, nep-soc and nep-ure
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (15) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.labornrn.at/wp/2014/wp1406.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Working Paper: Coworkers, Networks, and Job Search Outcomes (2014) Downloads
Working Paper: Coworkers, Networks, and Job Search Outcomes (2014) Downloads
Working Paper: Coworkers, Networks, and Job Search Outcomes (2014) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:jku:nrnwps:2014_06

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in NRN working papers from The Austrian Center for Labor Economics and the Analysis of the Welfare State, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by René Böheim ().

 
Page updated 2021-10-19
Handle: RePEc:jku:nrnwps:2014_06