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Honorable Mention

Dissertation Advisor

Dale Mortensen


Social networks play an important role in the labor market. Various surveys document that from 30 to 60 percent of jobs are found through friends or relatives. To better understand how networks operate in the labor market, I examine how networks that were formed involuntarily as a result of military drafts in the American Civil War and the First World War affect the postwar labor market outcomes of veterans in 1880, 1900, and 1930.

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