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Labor Market Implications of Weak Ties

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  • Troy Tassier

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Although many workers find employment through weak ties, previous studies have shown little empirical support for a connection between weak ties and income. In this article, I explain one reason why the survey methods used in previous studies underestimate, perhaps greatly, the effect of weak ties on income. In addition, I demonstrate a more direct method of estimating the effect of weak ties on income by using information from the General Social Survey on the overlap of close friends of respondents. I find that the range of social connections provided by weak ties has a significant and economically meaningful effect on income.

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  • Troy Tassier, 2006. "Labor Market Implications of Weak Ties," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 72(3), pages 704-719, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:72:3:y:2006:p:704-719
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    1. Adnan Q. Khan & Steven F. Lehrer, 2013. "The Impact of Social Networks on Labour Market Outcomes: New Evidence from Cape Breton," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 39(s1), pages 1-24, May.
    2. Delia Furtado & Nikolaos Theodoropoulos, 2009. "Intermarriage and Immigrant Employment: The Role of Networks," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 0906, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
    3. Antoni Calvó-Armengol & Matthew O. Jackson, 2004. "The Effects of Social Networks on Employment and Inequality," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 94(3), pages 426-454, June.
    4. Jackson, Matthew O. & Calvo, Antoni, 2002. "Social Networks in Determing Employment and Wages: Patterns, Dynamics, and Inequality," Working Papers 1149, California Institute of Technology, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
    5. Gee, Laura K. & Jones, Jason J. & Fariss, Christopher J. & Burke, Moira & Fowler, James H., 2017. "The paradox of weak ties in 55 countries," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 133(C), pages 362-372.
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    JEL classification:

    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
    • J6 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers

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