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Gergely Horvath

Assistant Professor of Economics at Duke Kunshan University
DKU Faculty

Selected Publications


Peer effects through receiving advice in job search: An experimental study

Journal Article Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization · December 1, 2023 We study experimentally whether receiving advice from an experienced decision-maker improves decisions in an infinite-horizon search task where individuals typically choose a lower reservation wage than the optimal value. In the experiment, advisors comple ... Full text Cite

Skill requirements in job advertisements: A comparison of skill-categorization methods based on wage regressions

Journal Article Information Processing and Management · March 1, 2023 In this paper, we compare different methods to extract skill demand from the text of job descriptions. We propose the fraction of wage variation explained by the extracted skills as a novel performance metric for the comparison of methods. Using this, we c ... Full text Cite

Ethnic entrepreneurship, assimilation, and integration policy

Journal Article Journal of Public Economic Theory · August 1, 2022 This paper studies the assimilation of ethnic minority individuals to the native labor market and the impact of integration policies on assimilation. In our theoretical model, ethnic individuals choose, depending on their productivity level, among: entrepr ... Full text Cite

The impact of social networking on labor market participation

Journal Article Bulletin of Economic Research · January 1, 2022 We study the impact of social networks on the workers' labor market participation. We assume that individuals are heterogeneous with respect to the value of home production, which determines who participates in the labor market. Active individuals strategi ... Full text Cite

Alleviating behavioral biases at job search: Do nudges work?

Journal Article PloS one · January 2022 We experimentally study the effectiveness of policy interventions in reducing the negative welfare effects of behavioral biases on job search. Due to quasi-hyperbolic discounting, individuals reduce their search effort and reservation wage, while the sunk- ... Full text Cite

Explaining and Predicting Helpfulness and Funniness of Online Reviews on the Steam Platform

Journal Article Journal of Global Information Management · January 1, 2021 The online review is a crucial display of many online shopping platforms and an essential source of product information for consumers. Low-quality reviews often cause inconvenience to the platform and review readers. This article aims to help Steam, one of ... Full text Cite

Curbing the consumption of positional goods: Behavioral interventions versus taxation

Journal Article Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization · November 1, 2020 Little is known about whether behavioral techniques, such as nudges, can serve as effective policy tools to reduce the consumption of positional goods. We study a game, in which individuals are embedded in a social network and compete for a positional adva ... Full text Cite

The Impact of Marital Status on Job Finding: A Field Experiment in the Chinese Labor Market

Journal Article B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy · October 1, 2020 This paper studies the impact of marital status on job finding in China using the correspondence methodology. Fictitious CVs are sent to job advertisements through an online job board website, focusing on financial and accounting jobs, and the callback rat ... Full text Cite

Positional concerns and social network structure: An experiment

Journal Article European Economic Review · October 1, 2020 We experimentally study the positional concerns of individuals embedded in social networks. In the game, individuals compete for positional advantage with their direct neighbors by purchasing a positional good. The Nash equilibrium consumption is determine ... Full text Cite

The Impact of Social Segregation on the Labor Market Outcomes of Low‐Skilled Workers*

Journal Article The Scandinavian Journal of Economics · January 2020 AbstractWe study the impact of network homophily on labor market outcomes in a search‐and‐matching model with two job search channels: the formal market and social contacts. There are two worker types: low‐skilled and high‐ ... Full text Cite

Whistleblowing and diffusion of responsibility: An experiment

Journal Article European Economic Review · October 2019 Full text Cite

Social network formation and labor market inequality

Journal Article Economics Letters · May 2018 Full text Cite

Occupational mismatch and social networks

Journal Article Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization · October 2014 Full text Cite

On-the-Job Search and Finding a Good Job Through Social Contacts

Journal Article The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics · January 1, 2014 AbstractThe interactions between on-the-job search and finding a job through social contacts are investigated in a Diamond–Mortensen–Pissarides search model with heterogeneous wages. Workers may find a job through their soc ... Full text Cite

Limited memory can be beneficial for the evolution of cooperation

Journal Article Journal of Theoretical Biology · May 2012 Full text Cite