Do social networks mitigate stigma effects from long-term unemployment?

The processes of job search and firms’ search for employees are subject to some peculiarities when it comes to the chances of long-term unemployed to find a new job. As one group of the supply side of the labour market, these persons face special problems: There is a strong stigma of long-term unemployment attached to these persons. It includes, for example, negative perceptions of the existence of necessary formal qualifications, working experience, resilience or motivation to work. Furthermore, long-term unemployment can lead to social isolation, since social contacts are more likely to evolve between persons that have the same status of employment, which, in turn, reduces the access to useful social contacts to employed individuals


Author(s) M. Rebien
Language English
Year of publication Aug, 2019
Journal IAB-Discussion Paper
Volume, Number 2019, 16
Page(s) 22
Publisher Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg
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