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Social networks and unemployment exit in Great Britain
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Economics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9244-7018
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Social Economics, ISSN 0306-8293, E-ISSN 1758-6712, Vol. 45, no 8, p. 1205-1226Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the effect employed friends have on the probability of exiting unemployment of an unemployed worker according to his/her educational (skill) level.

Design/methodology/approach: In common with studies on unemployment duration, this paper uses a discrete-time hazard model.

Findings: The paper finds that the conditional probability of finding work is between 24 and 34 per cent higher per period for each additional employed friend for job seekers with intermediate skills.

Social implications: These results are of interest since they suggest that the reach of national employment agencies could extend beyond individuals in direct contact with first-line employment support bureaus.

Originality/value: Because of the lack of appropriate longitudinal information, the majority of empirical studies in the area assess the influence of social networks on employment status using proxy measures of social interactions. The current study contributes to the very limited empirical literature of the influence of social networks on job attainment using direct measures of social structures.

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2018. Vol. 45, no 8, p. 1205-1226
Keywords [en]
Social networks, Job search, Friends, Unemployment exit
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-150846DOI: 10.1108/IJSE-04-2017-0137ISI: 000440862000005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-150846DiVA, id: diva2:1243349
Available from: 2018-08-31 Created: 2018-08-31 Last updated: 2018-08-31Bibliographically approved

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