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LinkedIn(to) Job Opportunities: Experimental Evidence from Job Readiness Training

Laurel Wheeler (), Robert Garlick, Eric Johnson (), Patrick Shaw () and Marissa Gargano ()
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Eric Johnson: RTI International
Patrick Shaw: RTI International
Marissa Gargano: RTI International

No 2019-14, Working Papers from University of Alberta, Department of Economics

Abstract: Online professional networking platforms are widely used and offer the prospect of alleviating labor market frictions. We run the first randomized evaluation of training workseekers to join one of these platforms. Training increases employment at the end of the program from 70 to 77% and this effect persists for at least twelve months. Treatment effects on platform use explain most of the treatment effect on employment. Administrative data suggest that platform use increases employment by providing information to prospective employers and to workseekers. It may also facilitate referrals but does not reduce job search costs or change self-beliefs.

Keywords: employment; information frictions; online platforms; social networks; field experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J22 J23 J24 J64 M51 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 59 pages
Date: 2019-09-12
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-big, nep-exp, nep-lab and nep-pay
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