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(When) Is job-finding via personal contacts a meaningful concept for social network analysis?

Abstract

"Chua (2011) argues that in a meritocratic context, institutions restrict the usefulness of social networks in exerting influence on job seekers' earnings. Regressing job-finding via personal contacts on earnings, he finds negative effects of influence via personal contacts, especially for the well-educated and individuals working in the state sector. In this comment, I argue that these results are ambiguous because (1) the analysis does not sufficiently distinguish between job 'search' methods and job 'finding' methods, (2) job-finding method indicates information flow rather than a personal contact's influence, and (3) it remains unclear whether Chua's analysis reflects the effect of network usage in job search per se or the effect of self-selection into network usage by individuals with low earning potential." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

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Krug, Gerhard (2012): (When) Is job-finding via personal contacts a meaningful concept for social network analysis? * a comment to Chua (2011). In: Social Networks, Vol. 34, No. 4, S. 527-533.
 

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