nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2016‒08‒07
one paper chosen by
Walter Frisch
Universität Wien

  1. Providing Advice to Job Seekers at Low Cost: An Experimental Study on Online Advice By Belot, Michèle; Kircher, Philipp; Muller, Paul

  1. By: Belot, Michèle (University of Edinburgh); Kircher, Philipp (University of Edinburgh); Muller, Paul (University of Gothenburg)
    Abstract: We develop and evaluate experimentally a novel tool that redesigns the job search process by providing tailored advice at low cost. We invited job seekers to our computer facilities for 12 consecutive weekly sessions to search for real jobs on our web interface. For half, instead of relying on their own search criteria, we use readily available labor market data to display relevant alternative occupations and associated jobs. This significantly broadens the set of jobs they consider and significantly increases their job interviews. Effects are strongest for participants who otherwise search narrowly and have been unemployed for a few months.
    Keywords: online job search, occupational broadness, search design
    JEL: D83 J62 C93
    Date: 2016–07

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