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Social capital and labor-market outcomes for immigrants

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  1. Bram Lancee

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm493

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Lancee, B. 2013. Social capital and labor-market outcomes for immigrants. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

Social capital implies that people well equipped with social resources – in the sense of their network and the resources of others they can call upon – are more likely to succeed in attaining their goals (Flap & Völker 2004: 6). Although there is no commonly accepted definition, social capital is often described as the “investment and use of embedded resources in social relations for expected returns” (Lin 1999a: 30). Researchers have suggested that possessing social capital contributes to economic outcomes, such as access to the labor market (Granovetter 1995; Aguilera 2002), wages (Aguilera & Massey 2003; Aguilera 2003) or occupational status (Lin 1999b).

Keywords:

  • capitalism;
  • immigration;
  • labor;
  • labor supply;
  • poverty;
  • twentieth century;
  • twenty-first century