The Impact of Job Referrals on Employment Outcomes in Top Corporate Positions

52 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2020

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Lorenzo Maria Levati

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Marie Lalanne

University of Turin - Collegio Carlo Alberto

Date Written: March 2020

Abstract

Using an original dataset on professional networks of directors sitting on the boards of large US corporations, we examine how personal relationships are used by firms to improve job match quality in the high-skill segment of the labor market. Analyzing explicit social connection data between new hires and recruiters, we are able to test predictions of well established job referral models. We find that referred executive directors have a fifteen percent longer tenure than their non-referred counterparts. Referred executive directors also tend to be similar to their referrers on multiple dimensions, giving support to network homophily hypotheses.

Keywords: Referrals, Job Match Quality, Social Networks, Board of Directors

JEL Classification: L14, J63, M51

Suggested Citation

Levati, Lorenzo Maria and Lalanne, Marie, The Impact of Job Referrals on Employment Outcomes in Top Corporate Positions (March 2020). SAFE Working Paper No. 268. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3551182 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3551182

Lorenzo Maria Levati

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Marie Lalanne (Contact Author)

University of Turin - Collegio Carlo Alberto ( email )

via Real Collegio 30
Moncalieri, Torino 10024
Italy

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