Gokce Basbug


Research on Job Search and Organizational Hiring

  • Investigating the Role of Social Networks in Job Searching

    I study the role of social networks in matching employees with employers. In one of my papers, I explore whether job seekers are better off when they use their social connections while looking for a job. Mixed findings in the empirical literature regarding the role of networks in labor markets have constituted a puzzling picture. By using actual job search data and conducting fixed effect analyses - which helps deal with unobserved heterogeneity across individuals - I address this puzzle.

  • Examining Individual-Level Experiences and Outcomes of Job Search

    To understand job search, it is important to examine individual-level experiences. With Prof. Connie Wanberg from the University of Minnesota and Prof. Edwin van Hooft from the University of Amsterdam, we interviewed job seekers to understand the challenges they face. This research, where we introduced the layers of context-related job search demands and portrayed the mechanisms through which these demands affect search outcomes, was published in Personnel Psychology.

    With the same team and Prof. Kammeyer-Mueller from the University of Minnesota and Prof. Kanfer from Georgia Tech, we are currently conducting a meta-analysis of empirical results in the entire job search literature to create a quantitative synthesis of the predictors of job search and employment success. This project is ongoing with preliminary findings presented in the "Unemployment and Reemployment: Job Search, Outcomes, and Intervention Efforts" symposium at the 2015 AOM meeting.

    In a recently published paper with Prof. Ofer Sharone from the University of Massachusetts, we investigate the interaction effect of gender and marital status in mediating the emotional toll of long-term unemployment.This paper is forthcoming in The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.

    In another paper with Prof. Fernandez from MIT Sloan, we show job seekers’ self-selecting into vacancies contribute to the reproduction of an important organizational outcome, namely gender typing of jobs.

    There has been a long debate on the role of expectations in job search. With Prof. Elgin from Bogazici University, using data from the NLSY97, we address to this debate and investigate how expectations affect labor market outcomes for young individuals who are at the stage of transition from school to work.

  • Developing and Testing Job Search Interventions

    To equip job seekers with effective search skills and to provide social support, job search interventions have crucial importance. In an ongoing research project, with researchers from the Institute for Career Transitions, we test the effectiveness of a support program, specifically developed for long-term unemployed individuals. With a randomized field experiment, we compare reemployment rates for long-term unemployed individuals who received the support either group context or one-on-one context with a control group that did not receive any support. The preliminary results of this study published as a chapter in a book published by Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City.

Research on Environmental, Health, and Safety Management in Organizations

  • Why is regulatory compliance difficult? Variable performance in environmental, health, and safety management and the insulation of economically resourceful actors

    Using longitudinal quantitative data from seven years of safety inspections in research laboratories at a large university, with Prof. Susan Silbey from MIT, I investigate whether conducting semi-annual inspections, and reporting findings back to responsible constituencies (i.e., principal investigators) lead to decreases in the number of observed and recorded violations.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology