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The role of personal networks in the labour insertion of weak jobseekers

The role of personal networks in the labour insertion of weak jobseekers This paper investigates the labour market outcomes of a representative sample of unemployed individuals attending regional vocational training programs in Piedmont, North-West Italy. In particular, it proposes a multivariate analysis to describe and assess the effects of individual social networks (family, friends and acquaintance) on trainees' employment outcome. Analysing the influence of different network configurations on the probability of getting employed in the post-training medium period, it can be pointed out that strict and intense family ties are negatively correlated to individual employability. Moreover, it emerges that job referral is one of the most popular job search channels among Italian trainees, proving to be the most successful one. Keywords: social network; vocational training; counterfactual analysis; jobseeker; labour integration; job referral. . Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Lamonica, V., Ragazzi, E., Santanera, E. and Sella, L. (2016) `The role of personal networks in the labour insertion of weak jobseekers', Int. J. Computational Economics and Econometrics, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp.315­335. Biographical notes: Valentina Lamonica is a PhD candidate in Evaluation of Processes and Systems of Education. Since 2013 collaborating with IRCrES-CNR (Ex Ceris-CNR) on a research project aimed at analysing the placement of vocational training http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics Inderscience Publishers

The role of personal networks in the labour insertion of weak jobseekers

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Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
ISSN
1757-1170
eISSN
1757-1189
DOI
10.1504/IJCEE.2016.077267
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Abstract

This paper investigates the labour market outcomes of a representative sample of unemployed individuals attending regional vocational training programs in Piedmont, North-West Italy. In particular, it proposes a multivariate analysis to describe and assess the effects of individual social networks (family, friends and acquaintance) on trainees' employment outcome. Analysing the influence of different network configurations on the probability of getting employed in the post-training medium period, it can be pointed out that strict and intense family ties are negatively correlated to individual employability. Moreover, it emerges that job referral is one of the most popular job search channels among Italian trainees, proving to be the most successful one. Keywords: social network; vocational training; counterfactual analysis; jobseeker; labour integration; job referral. . Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Lamonica, V., Ragazzi, E., Santanera, E. and Sella, L. (2016) `The role of personal networks in the labour insertion of weak jobseekers', Int. J. Computational Economics and Econometrics, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp.315­335. Biographical notes: Valentina Lamonica is a PhD candidate in Evaluation of Processes and Systems of Education. Since 2013 collaborating with IRCrES-CNR (Ex Ceris-CNR) on a research project aimed at analysing the placement of vocational training

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International Journal of Computational Economics and EconometricsInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2016

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