Study title
Social networks and access to a job for the unemployed
Ref study 10668
Study language English
Contributing institutions
  • Employment
  • Unemployment
  • Social networks
  • Labour market
  • Jobs
Geographical space
Canton of Vaud
  • Switzerland
This survey is part of the LIVES-programme and analyzes how networks help the unemployed to find a job. It is based on a large inflow-sample of unemployed workers in Switzerland who had newly registered with the public employment services between February and April 2012 in the canton of Vaud. The unemployed workers filled in two questionnaires on their social contacts and their job search strategy at the very beginning and the end of their unemployment spell during an observation window of 17 months. The first survey, a paper-and-pencil questionnaire, was administered during the compulsory information session organized by the public employment service. The second survey was sent by e-mail and postal mail to those jobseekers who had left the employment service. An additional survey was sent to the long-term unemployed, 12 to 15 months after entry into unemployment. For over 75% of the original sample, survey data could be matched with data from the unemployment register, providing some information on earlier unemployment spells, pre-unemployment wages and occupations. This dataset thus contains detailed information on jobseekers’ education, class, nationality, social network, job search method, unemployment duration, and characteristics of the old and new job.
s. publications
Methods (description)
Methods (instruments)
  • Standardised interviews
Replicated study No
  • Bonoli, Giuliano; Lalive, Rafael; Oesch, Daniel; Turtschi, Nicolas; von Ow, Anna; Arni, Patrick; Parrotta, Pierpaolo. 2013. Le rôle des réseaux sociaux pour le retour à l’emploi. Bern: SECO.
  • Bonoli, Giuliano; Lalive, Rafael; Oesch, Daniel; Turtschi, Nicolas; von Ow, Anna; Arni, Patrick; Parrotta, Pierpaolo. 2014. L'impact des réseaux sociaux sur le retour à l'emploi des chômeurs (The impact of social networks on re-employment). Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). Online:
  • von Ow, Anna. 2016. Finding a Job Through Social Ties. A Survey Study on Unemployed Job Seekers. Doctoral thesis, University of Lausanne, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences. Online:
  • Turtschi, Nicolas; Bonoli, Giuliano. 2015. Les réseaux sociaux: un outil de réinsertion pour les chômeurs désavantagés. Doctoral dissertation, PhD Thesis, University of Lausanne, IDHEAP. Online:
  • Turtschi, Nicolas. 2016. Le réseau social, un outil inégalitaire?. Swiss Journal of Sociology, 42(3), 499-521. Online: 10.1515/sjs-2016-0022
  • Oesch, Daniel; von Ow, Anna. 2017. Social Networks and Job Access for the Unemployed: Work Ties for the Upper-Middle Class, Communal Ties for the Working Class. European Sociological Review, 33(2), 275-291. Online: 10.1093/esr/jcx041
  • Bonoli, Giuliano; Turtschi, Nicolas. 2015. Inequality in social capital and labour market re-entry among unemployed people. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 42, 87-95. Online: 10.1016/j.rssm.2015.09.004
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Ethical approval No
Study type
Data availability
Source (Updates) Web
Date created 05.03.2019
Date modified 13.06.2019
Start - End date 01.01.2011 - 28.12.2015