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Bridging the intention-behavior gap? The effect of plan-making prompts on job search and employment

Martin Abel (), Rulof Burger (), Eliana Carranza () and Patrizio Piraino ()
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Martin Abel: Middlebury College
Eliana Carranza: World Bank

No 11/2018, Working Papers from Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics

Abstract: We test the effects of plan-making on job search and employment. In a field experiment with unemployed youths, participants who complete a detailed job search plan increase the number of job applications submitted (15%) but not the time spent searching, consistent with intention-behavior gaps observed at baseline. Job seekers in the plan-making group diversify their search strategy and use more formal search channels. This greater search efficiency and effectiveness translate into more job offers (30%) and employment (26%). Weekly reminders and peer-support sub-treatments do not improve the impacts of plan-making, suggesting that limited attention and accountability are unlikely mechanisms.

Keywords: Action Plan; Job Search; Active Labor Market Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J64 J68 C93 D91 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-exp, nep-lab and nep-ure
Date: 2018
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