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Indirect Contacts in Hiring: The Economics Job Market

  • Economics Discussion Papers
  • February 4, 2021
  • Suraj Shekhar,
  • Michael E. Rose, Suraj Shekhar

Using two identification strategies, we demonstrate a positive relationship between the connectedness of a PhD adviser (in the coauthor network) and the placement of her student. In method one, identification is achieved by using changes in the centrality of the adviserā€™s coauthors in the year of student placement as an exogenous shock to the adviserā€™s centrality. Our second strategy uses the death of faculty members as an exogenous shock to show that the probability of a student being placed at a particular university reduces when the ā€˜social distanceā€™ between her adviser and that university increases due to the death.

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