Labor Market Networks and Recovery from Mass Layoffs Before, During, and after the Great Recession
61 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2015
Date Written: June 1, 2015
We test the effects of labor market networks defined by residential neighborhoods on re-employment following mass layoffs. We develop two measures of labor market network strength. One captures the flows of information to job seekers about the availability of job vacancies at employers of workers in the network, and the other captures referrals provided to employers by other network members. These network measures are linked to more rapid re-employment following mass layoffs, and to re-employment at neighbors’ employers. We also find evidence that network connections – especially those that provide information about job vacancies – became less productive during the Great Recession.
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