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Coworkers, Networks, and Job-Search Outcomes among Displaced Workers

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  • Perihan Ozge Saygin
  • Andrea Weber
  • Michèle A. Weynandt

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This article examines the mechanisms by which social networks affect the labor market outcomes of displaced workers. The authors draw on administrative records for the universe of private-sector employment in Austria to identify work-related networks among former coworkers. They analyze the importance of social networks for both job seekers and hiring firms. For job seekers, results indicate that having a high share of former coworkers who are currently employed in expanding firms improves job-finding success. For firms seeking to hire new employees, the authors find that a firm is twice as likely to hire a displaced worker with a former-coworker link to one of their current employees than to hire a worker displaced from the same closing firm but without a link. These results suggest that information about job opportunities and demand-side conditions is transmitted in work-related networks between workers and firms.

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  • Perihan Ozge Saygin & Andrea Weber & Michèle A. Weynandt, 2021. "Coworkers, Networks, and Job-Search Outcomes among Displaced Workers," ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 74(1), pages 95-130, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:ilrrev:v:74:y:2021:i:1:p:95-130
    DOI: 10.1177/0019793919881988
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