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Stratification, social networks in the labour market, and intergenerational mobility
[Stratifikation, soziale Netzwerke im Arbeitsmarkt und intergenerationale Mobilität]


  • Anderberg, Dan
  • Andersson, Fredrik


This paper uses a model of human capital accumulation, labour market distortions, word-of-mouth communication, and community formation to analyse socio-economic stratification, educational choices and intergenerational social mobility. Workers obtain information about job opportunities from individuals in their local environment, implying that the social environment partly determines the expected returns to education. Stratified equilibria, when they exist, are characterised by low intergenerational social mobility and inefficient use of talent. The equilibrium responses to factors that generally encourage education may, in stratified outcomes, be highly asymmetric across socio-economic groups.

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  • Anderberg, Dan & Andersson, Fredrik, 2003. "Stratification, social networks in the labour market, and intergenerational mobility
    [Stratifikation, soziale Netzwerke im Arbeitsmarkt und intergenerationale Mobilität]
    ," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Market Processes and Governance SP II 2003-20, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:wzbmpg:spii200320

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    1. Boudreau, James W., 2010. "Stratification and growth in agent-based matching markets," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 75(2), pages 168-179, August.
    2. Eggert, Wolfgang & Krieger, Tim & Meier, Volker, 2010. "Education, unemployment and migration," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 94(5-6), pages 354-362, June.
    3. Yannis M. Ioannides & Linda Datcher Loury, 2004. "Job Information Networks, Neighborhood Effects, and Inequality," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 42(4), pages 1056-1093, December.
    4. Mario Piacentini, 2008. "Migration Enclaves, Schooling Choices and Social Mobility," Development Working Papers 265, Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano, University of Milano.
    5. Zuluaga, Blanca, 2013. "Quality of social networks and educational investment decisions," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 72-82.

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