Beyond the Strength of Social Ties: Job Search Networks and Entry-Level Wage in Urban China

Yanjie Bian, Xianbi Huang

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This article provides an assessment of the effect of job-search networks on entry-level wage in urban China. The analysis of a 2009 large-scale survey shows that (a) users of social contacts have a significantly higher wage at job entry than nonusers; (b) both strong ties and weak ties increase entry-level wage; (c) network-mobilized information and favoritism increase entry-level wage; and (d) these network effects are stronger in sectors of less institutionalization and for jobs of lower skill specificity, but do not vary significantly from the prereform to the postreform period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)961-976
Number of pages16
JournalAmerican Behavioral Scientist
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jul 15 2015

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Two research grants from China’s Social Science Foundation (Project #: 11AZD022 and 13&ZD177) supported Yanjie Bian in the collection and analysis of the survey data reported in this article. The Outside Studies Program of La Trobe University granted to Xianbi Huang is also acknowledged.

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  • China
  • institutionalization
  • job search
  • social networks
  • wage


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