Hiring in a Hobbesian World: Social Infrastructure and Employers’ Use of Information | Miller & Rosenbaum

Miller, S. R., & Rosenbaum, J.E. (1997). Hiring in a Hobbesian world: Social infrastructure and employers’ use of information. Work and Occupations, 24, 498-523.

This article highlighted employers use of information in making hiring decisions. Miller and Rosenbaum noted that employers place an emphasis on the information they receive from their employees and also their social networks. They delve into economic and human capital theory but also show the enduring issues that arise in the youth labor market. The paper showed that employers tend to rely on their impressions of job applicants from interviews. Miller and Rosenbaum examined some of the underlying reasons for why employers do not use all the information they receive and the social contexts that contribute to this phenomenon. From a Hobbesian perspective, they described the rationale behind employers’ use of information based on their trust and mistrust of various sources and asserted their inclination to rely on ‘gut’ instincts.

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