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Do workers really benefit from their social networks ?

  • François FONTAINE

    (Université Strasbourg 3, BETA-CNRS and IZA)

This paper provides a simple matching model in which unemployed workers and employers can be matched together trough social network or trough more formal methods of search. We show that this crowding-out effect may be socially costly. For that reason, a policy increasing the social capital of the disadvantaged workers can increase the unemployment rate and decrease worker’s output.

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Date of creation: 01 Mar 2008
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Handle: RePEc:ctl:louvre:2008011
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