Network resources and job mobility in China's transitional economy

Yanjie Bian, Xianbi Huang

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Information and influence are distinct network resources that are embedded in and mobilized from networks of personal contacts. A five-city survey shows that Chinese job changers obtain both kinds of network resources from social ties of varying strengths. During the first 20 years of China's market reforms, job changes were increasingly network facilitated; despite the growth of labor markets network allocation of labor had reached dominance by 1992. Job changers using information and influence networks to search for new employment were more likely to increase both job search time and job-worker matching; however, those using influence networks, not information networks, were likely to move into jobs of higher earning opportunity. These results are interpreted in a dynamic context of increasing market competition and growing allocative efficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-282
Number of pages28
JournalResearch in the Sociology of Work
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

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