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Short Term Gain, Long Term Pain: Informal Job Search Methods and Post-Displacement Outcomes

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>09/2012
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Labor Research
Issue number3
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)337-352
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish


This paper examines the role of informal job search methods on the labour market outcomes of displaced workers. Informal job search methods could alleviate short-term labour market difficulties of displaced workers by providing information on job opportunities, allowing them to signal their productivity and may mitigate wage losses through better post-displacement job matching. However if displacement results from reductions in demand for specific sectors/skills, the use of informal job search methods may increase the risk of job instability. While informal job search methods are associated with lower wage losses, they lead to increased job instability and increased risk of subsequent job displacement.