Steve McDonald

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology and Anthropology, North Carolina State University

NLS user since 2001

  • Steve McDonald. 2015. “Network Effects across the Earnings Distribution: Visible and Invisible Job Finding Assistance in the Labor Market.” Social Science Research 49(1):299-313.
  • Steve McDonald, Richard A. Benton, and David F. Warner. 2012. “Dual Embeddedness: Informal Job Matching and Labor Market Institutions in the United States and Germany.” Social Forces 91(1): 75-97.
  • Steve McDonald. 2011. “What You Know or Who You Know? Occupation-Specific Work Experience and Job Matching through Social Networks.” Social Science Research 40(6): 1664-1675.
  • Julie A. Kmec, Steve McDonald, and Lindsey B. Trimble. 2010. “Making Gender Fit and “Correcting” Gender Misfits: Non-Searching for Employment and Job Sex Segregation.” Gender & Society 24(2): 213-236.
  • Steve McDonald and Glen H. Elder, Jr. 2006. “When Does Social Capital Matter? Non-Searching for Jobs Across the Life Course.” Social Forces 85(1):521-550.
  • Steve McDonald. 2005. “Patterns of Informal Job Matching Across the Work Career: Entry-Level, Reentry-Level, and Elite Non-Searching.” Sociological Inquiry 75(3):403-428.
What I learned from NLS data

The NLS data provide detailed evidence about the conditions under which people find jobs without engaging in job searches. "Non-searching" is essentially an informal recruitment process that is common when filling high wage managerial jobs.

Why I chose NLS data

The NLS is the best source of data on how people search for and are recruited into job openings.