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Peers and careers: Alumni networks and labour market outcomes

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 11 December 2019

University students socialising

In this seminar, Andrei Gorshkov will tackle the question of whether social connections formed at university shape future labour market outcomes, by pairing data on tutorial group assignments with register data on labour market careers.

Event Information

Open to

All

Organiser

Dingeman Wiertz

Location

Room G02
55-59 Gordon Square
London
WC1H 0NU

Are social connections formed among university peers important in shaping future labour market outcomes?

To answer this question, Andrei Gorskhov combines unique records on the random assignment of Business Economics students to tutorial groups at Copenhagen Business School from 1984 to 2006 with detailed labour market information from Danish registers.

As it turns out, students that were randomly assigned to the same tutorial group tended to have more similar careers than students from the same cohort but different tutorial groups. In particular, students from the same tutorial group tended to work in the same occupations and industries and are more likely to be hired by the same employers. The strongest "excess" similarities are found at the most disaggregated workplace level.

These peer effects appear strong and persistent (although decreasing over time) and are characterised by gender and country-of-origin homophily. Also, a comparison of the transitions of students to workplaces with incumbent tutorial group peers in relation to workplaces with incumbent cohort peers demonstrates that students benefit from alumni networks by gaining access to more stable and higher-paying jobs.

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About the Speaker

Andrei Gorshkov

PhD student in Economics at Aarhus University

Andrei's research covers a variety of topics in labour economics and will be visiting the Department of Social Science at UCL.