Social network and jobs

Duration of the project : 01.01.2011 - 31.12.2014
Research team : Patrick Arni (IZA Bonn), Giuliano Bonoli (IDHEAP), Rafael Lalive (HEC Unil), Daniel Oesch (Unil), Anna Von Ow (Unil), Nicolas Turtschi (IDHEAP)

Funding source: Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF, LIVES Programme), Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)

This project is part of the LIVES-programme and empirically analyzes the role of social networks in getting a job. More precisely, it examines how networks can help the unemployed find jobs. The empirical analysis is based on a sample of all individuals newly registered as unemployed in the Canton of Vaud over a two-month period (February and March 2012). These unemployed people are asked to fill in two questionnaires on their social contacts and their job-search strategy at the very beginning and the end of their unemployment spell. Our hypothesis is that social networks not only serve as an important channel through which to leave unemployment, but also one that is not fully exploited. By shedding light on how social networks can help – or hinder – the unemployed in finding their way back into the labour market, the project aims to improve our understanding of a particularly critical transition in the life course.