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Doctoral Dissertation Research in Economics: Residential Segregation and Neighbor-Based Informal Hiring

Place-based job policies, such as informal neighborhood job search, are common tools to promote local job growth and reduce regional economic inequality. It is however not clear what makes a neighborhood good for job search. This research project will study one such mechanism---the use of neighbor networks in job search. It explores which type of neighborhood---segregated or integrated, by race and by education---is more conducive to a successful job search. Disentangling the neighborhood effects on job search is difficult partly because people self-select into neighborhoods.

Doctoral Dissertation Research in Economics: Information Asymmetry in Job Search

Wage gaps across race and gender persist among equally educated individuals, and have been attributed in significant part to differences in behavior during job search. Economic theory suggests that access to information about the labor market influences behavior. If information differs across groups, either in quantity or quality, this can lead to differences in job choice. Across race and gender, unequal access to networks and mentoring has been shown to give rise to these information gaps.

Sandra Black

Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs

Martin Uribe

International Macroeconomics, Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics Professor


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