Phillipp Brandt: Relational Footholds as Labor Market Mechanism

5. Dezember 2023, 17:00 Uhr

Zeit: 5. Dezember 2023, 17:00 – 18:30 Uhr
Modus (Ort): Präsenzveranstaltung
Veranstaltungsort: Universität Stuttgart
Abteilung SOWI VII
Raum: 2.067
Seidenstr. 36
70174  Stuttgart
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Ort: Seidenstraße 36, Raum: 2.067 (2. OG)

Im Rahmen des Kolloquiums der Abteilung SOWI VII freuen wir uns ganz herzlich, Prof. Dr. Philipp Bradt (Sciences Po, Paris) bei uns begrüßen zu dürfen. 

Relational Footholds as Labor Market Mechanism
Prof. Dr. Phillip Brandt

There is little workers can do in labor markets. Qualifications, performance, and referrals may improve their chances in hiring decisions, but labor markets are part of big processes like political reforms or technological change. This talk shows how workers organize labor market continuity. The empirical context is the widely studied case of New York City's yellow cab industry. The analysis recovers the work lives of over 30 thousand drivers from a year's worth of their activities, ~150 million passenger trips. An initial "computational ethnography" identifies two main labor market segments characterized by transactional and relational work arrangements. The subsequent analysis unpacks their interplay: Drivers quit transactional arrangements in search of a stable partner, often accepting spare shifts of committed pairs along the way. These "relational footholds" offer respite during those quests and bolster the viability of partnerships. They also ensure the smooth operation of the yellow cab industry.


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