Density, social networks and job search methods: theory and application to Egypt

Wahba, Jackline and Zenou, Yves (2005) Density, social networks and job search methods: theory and application to Egypt. Journal of Development Economics, 78, (2), 443-473. (doi:10.1016/j.jdeveco.2004.11.006).


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We first develop a theoretical model in which individuals are embedded within a network of social relationships. We show that, conditional on being employed, the probability to find a job through social networks, relative to other search methods, increases and is concave with the size of the network. The effects are stronger for the uneducated. There is however a critical size of the network above which this probability decreases. We then test empirically these theoretical findings for Egypt using the 1998 Labor Market Survey. The empirical evidence supports the predictions of our theoretical model.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.jdeveco.2004.11.006
ISSNs: 0304-3878 (print)
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Keywords: education, social networks, search methods
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 35181
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Date Deposited: 16 May 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:02

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