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Choosing the Right Pond: Social Approval and Occupational Choice

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  • Anandi Mani

    (Williams College)

  • Charles H. Mullin

    (Bates White)

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    We model the endogenous emergence of social perceptions about occupations and their impact on occupational choice. In particular, an individual's social approval increases with his community's perception of his skill in his chosen career. These perceptions vary across communities because individuals better assess the skill of those in occupations similar to their own. Such imperfect assessment can distort choices away from comparative advantage. When skill distributions differ across occupations and/or correlate positively, the community perceives one occupation more favorably. This favored sector experiences overcrowding, but misallocation occurs across both sectors. Furthermore, a positive skill correlation can produce multiple steady states.

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    Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Journal of Labor Economics.

    Volume (Year): 22 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 4 (October)
    Pages: 835-862

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    Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:22:y:2004:i:4:p:835-862

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    1. Tacsir, Ezequiel, 2009. "Elección de ocupación: factores personales y aspectos sociales
      [Occupation Choice: Personal factors and Social Aspects]
      ," MPRA Paper 20432, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Strulik, Holger, 2007. "Riding High - Success in Sports and the Rise of Doping Cultures," Diskussionspapiere der Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Leibniz Universität Hannover dp-372, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
    3. Strulik, Holger, 2008. "The Role of Poverty and Community Norms in Child Labor and Schooling Decisions," Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Zurich 2008 42, Verein für Socialpolitik, Research Committee Development Economics.
    4. Tacsir, Ezequiel, 2010. "Occupation Choice: Family, Social and Market Influences," MERIT Working Papers 013, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
    5. Strulik, Holger, 2014. "A mass phenomenon: The social evolution of obesity," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 33(C), pages 113-125.
    6. Strulik, Holger, 2010. "School Attendance and Child Labor - A Model of Collective Behavior," Diskussionspapiere der Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Leibniz Universität Hannover dp-441, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.

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