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The impact of job referrals on employment outcomes in top corporate positions

Lorenzo Maria Levati and Marie Lalanne

No 268, SAFE Working Paper Series from Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE

Abstract: Using an original dataset on professional networks of directors sitting on the boards of large US corporations, we examine how personal relationships are used by firms to improve job match quality in the high-skill segment of the labor market. Analyzing explicit social connection data between new hires and recruiters, we are able to test predictions of well established job referral models. We find that referred executive directors have a fifteen percent longer tenure than their non-referred counterparts. Referred executive directors also tend to be similar to their referrers on multiple dimensions, giving support to network homophily hypotheses.

Keywords: Referrals; Job Match Quality; Social Networks; Board of Directors (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L14 J63 M51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hrm, nep-lab, nep-net and nep-ure
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