Social networks and occupational attainment in Australia

Huang, Xianbi and Western, Mark (2011) Social networks and occupational attainment in Australia. Sociology, 45 2: 269-286. doi:10.1177/0038038510394029

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Author Huang, Xianbi
Western, Mark
Title Social networks and occupational attainment in Australia
Journal name Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0038-0385
Publication date 2011-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0038038510394029
Open Access Status
Volume 45
Issue 2
Start page 269
End page 286
Total pages 18
Place of publication London, Durham, U.K.
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article contributes to exploring the comparative effects of market mechanisms and social networks and the interplay of human capital and social networks in western labour markets. We examine social networks and occupational attainment by using data from the 2007 Australian Survey of Social Attitudes and provide three major findings: (1) as a job search method, social networks are associated with lower earnings and occupational status and a lower probability of entering a professional or managerial position than market-oriented job search methods; (2) jobs that are found using strong ties have lower occupational attainment than jobs found using weak ties; and (3) the poorer occupational attainment outcomes associated with social networks are only observed among those without university degrees.
Keyword Labour markets
Occupational attainment
Social networks
Tie strength
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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