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Providing Advice to Job Seekers at Low Cost: An Experimental Study on Online Advice

Michèle Belot (), Philipp Kircher and Paul Muller ()

No 10068, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

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: search design; occupational broadness; online job search (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 D83 J62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 81 pages
Date: 2016-07
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cse, nep-exp, nep-ict, nep-lab and nep-pke
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Published - published in: Review of Economic Studies, 2019, 86 (4), 1411-1447

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