A Social Network Analysis of Occupational Segregation

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 2006-16/1

Posted: 9 Mar 2006

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Sebastian Buhai

Stockholm University - Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI)

Marco van der Leij

CeNDEF, University of Amsterdam; Tinbergen Institute; De Nederlandsche Bank - Research Department

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Abstract

This paper proposes a simple social network model of occupational segregation, generated by the existence of inbreeding bias among individuals of the same social group. If network referrals are important in getting a job, then expected inbreeding bias in the social structure results in different career choices for individuals from different social groups, which further translates into stable occupational segregation equilibria within the labour market. Our framework can be regarded as complementary to existing discrimination or rational bias theories used to explain persistent observed occupational disparities between various social groups.

Keywords: Social Networks, Occupational Segregation, Labour Market

JEL Classification: A14, J31, J70, Z13

Suggested Citation

Buhai, Ioan-Sebastian and van der Leij, Marco Juri, A Social Network Analysis of Occupational Segregation. Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 2006-16/1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=889127

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