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Migrant Networks and Job Search Outcomes: Evidence from Displaced Workers

By Tommaso Colussi

Abstract

This paper investigates how immigrants' job search outcomes are affected by the labor market outcomes of workers from the same country of origin they are connected to. Connections are identified based on having worked for the same firm in the past. Using matched employer-employee micro data from Italy and an instrumental variables approach, I show that an increase in the employment prospects of socially connected workers improves immigrants\u92 job search outcomes. The analysis of post-displacement outcomes sheds light on the different mechanisms generating the social effect

Topics: J61, J63, ddc:330, migration, job displacements, networks
Publisher: Bonn: Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Year: 2015
OAI identifier: oai:econstor.eu:10419/120985
Provided by: EconStor

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