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Social Networks and Unraveling in Labor Markets

This paper studies the phenomenon of early hiring in entry-level labor markets (e.g. the market for gastroenterology fellowships and the market for judicial clerks) in the presence of social networks. We o¤er a two-stage model in which workers in training institutions reveal information on their own ability over time. In the early stage, workers receive a noisy signal about their own ability. The early information is ?soft?and non-veri?able, and workers can convey the information credibly only to ? rms that are connected to them (potentially via their mentors). At the second stage, ? hard? veri?able (and accurate) information is revealed to the workers and can be credibly transmitted to all ?rms. We characterize the e¤ects of changes to the network structure on the unraveling of the market towards early hiring. Moreover, we show that an e¢ cient design of the matching procedure can prevent unraveling.

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