Pathways from Jobs to Social Cohesion

Frank-Borge Wietzke (2015)

Key facts

The World Bank
Type of publication
Journal article
Elements of social cohesion
Other (Job Market)
Geographical focus
Main thematic areas
Conflict & peacebuilding
Political institutions & governance


There is growing recognition that access to good jobs is an important driver of social cohesion. While economic dimensions of labor market outcomes are relatively well documented, evidence on the link between social cohesion and jobs is still surprisingly scarce. This paper, based on an earlier background report for the WDR 2013, presents empirical evidence for pathways between labor market outcomes and social cohesion. The findings indicate that formal employment is associated with a range of social outcomes and behaviors that are typically associated with higher levels of social cohesion. However, there are also indications that this relationship varies across dimensions of social wellbeing. In particular social interactions and political activism among those in regular employment can either improve the quality of aggregate institutions or deepen existing social divides.

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