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Labor Market Implications of Weak Ties

  • Troy Tassier

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    (Fordham University)

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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Article provided by Southern Economic Association in its journal Southern Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 72 (2006)
Issue (Month): 3 (January)
Pages: 704-719

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Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:72:3:y:2006:p:704-719
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