Referral hiring, endogenous social networks, and inequality: an agent-based analysis

Gemkow S, Neugart M (2011)
Journal of Evolutionary Economics 21(4): 703-719.

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The importance of referral hiring, which is workers finding employment via social contacts, is nowadays an empirically well documented fact. It also has been shown that social networks for finding jobs can create stratification. These analyses are, by and large, based on exogenous network structures. We go beyond the existing work by building an agent-based model of the labor market in which the social network of potential referees is endogenous. Workers invest some of their endowments into building up and fostering their social networks as an insurance device against future job losses. We look into the manner in which social networks and inequality respond to increased uncertainty in the labor market. We find that larger variability in firms' labor demand reduces workers' efforts put into social networks, leading to lower inequality.
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Gemkow S, Neugart M. Referral hiring, endogenous social networks, and inequality: an agent-based analysis. Journal of Evolutionary Economics. 2011;21(4):703-719.
Gemkow, S., & Neugart, M. (2011). Referral hiring, endogenous social networks, and inequality: an agent-based analysis. Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 21(4), 703-719.
Gemkow, S., and Neugart, M. (2011). Referral hiring, endogenous social networks, and inequality: an agent-based analysis. Journal of Evolutionary Economics 21, 703-719.
Gemkow, S., & Neugart, M., 2011. Referral hiring, endogenous social networks, and inequality: an agent-based analysis. Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 21(4), p 703-719.
S. Gemkow and M. Neugart, “Referral hiring, endogenous social networks, and inequality: an agent-based analysis”, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, vol. 21, 2011, pp. 703-719.
Gemkow, S., Neugart, M.: Referral hiring, endogenous social networks, and inequality: an agent-based analysis. Journal of Evolutionary Economics. 21, 703-719 (2011).
Gemkow, Simon, and Neugart, Michael. “Referral hiring, endogenous social networks, and inequality: an agent-based analysis”. Journal of Evolutionary Economics 21.4 (2011): 703-719.
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