How Do Labor Market Networks Work
Audience:Restricted to Princeton University
Please feel free to bring a lunch.
Please join us for the Economic Sociology/Social Organization seminar next Monday, March 24, 2014. We are delighted to welcome Roberto Fernandez, the William F. Pounds Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
From 2008-2010, Professor Fernandez served as the Head for the Sloan School’s Behavioral and Policy Sciences area. He currently serves as the Co-Director of the MIT Sloan School’s Ph.D program in Economic Sociology. He has extensive experience doing field research in organizations, including an exhaustive five-year case study of a plant retooling and relocation.
Professor Fernandez’s current research is on networks, gender and race inequality at the hiring interface. He has received numerous research and teaching honors and awards, and has recently been elected to American Academy of Political and Social Sciences.
Professor Fernandez will speak to us about “How Do Labor Market Networks Work?”
Abstract for the talk: The idea that social networks matter in labor markets has great intuitive appeal to sociologists. However, recent labor market research has raised the question of whether the often observed effects of social networks in labor market studies are causal or spurious. In this presentation, Professor Fernandez will identify key mechanisms involving social networks in the labor market context, and review the state of knowledge on how these processes operate. He will present findings of new research aimed at assessing the causal status various aspects of these network processes. He will conclude with suggestions for further research on how to assess the causal impact of networks.