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Title:Do Workers Really Benefit From Their Social Networks? PDF Logo
Authors:Fontaine, François
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 1282
Abstract:This paper provides a simple matching model in which unemployed workers and employers in large firms can be matched together through social networks or through more "formal" methods of search. We show that networks do not necessarily add new externalities and that some results previously obtained in the literature are questionable. Nevertheless, social networks can, in some case, substitute for labor market and this crowding-out effect may be socially costly. We show that a policy increasing the number of workers embedded in the social networks can increase the unemployment rate and decrease workers welfare. Since it is mostly the firms which benefit from larger social networks, transfers from the firms to the workers are necessary to make larger access to the social networks efficient.
Subjects:economic policy
matching
social networks
unemployment
JEL:Z13
J68
E24
J64
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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