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Social Network and Job Quality: Evidence from Cameroon

By Urbain Thierry Yogo


Using Cameroonian data, this paper investigates the effects of social network on job quality. Social network is measured in terms of using friends and relatives while looking for a job. As regards to job quality, two aspects have been taken into consideration: monetary job quality which is captured by wage and non monetary job quality which is captured by a combination of social protection and job security. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of social network as regard to job quality, we make use of both Heckman selection model and Ordered Logit model. Our findings contrast with previous studies. Job seekers who make use of social network do not necessarily get a good job. More precisely, while the users of social networks exhibit a wage premium, they also exhibit a low job quality in terms of social protection and job security. We also find that social network contributes to explain job quality differential according to gender and institutional sectors (formal versus informal).

Topics: J32 - Nonwage Labor Costs and Benefits; Private Pensions, J33 - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods, J39 - Other
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.2139/ssrn.1853786
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