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Job Search and Hiring with Two-sided Limited Information about Workseekers’ Skills

Eliana Carranza, Robert Garlick, Kate Orkin and Neil Rankin ()
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Eliana Carranza: World Bank

No 20-328, Upjohn Working Papers from W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Abstract: We present field experimental evidence that limited information about workseekers’ skills distorts both firm and workseeker behavior. Assessing workseekers’ skills, giving workseekers their assessment results, and helping them to credibly share the results with firms increases workseekers’ employment and earnings. It also aligns their beliefs and search strategies more closely with their skills. Giving assessment results only to workseekers has similar effects on beliefs and search, but smaller effects on employment and earnings. Giving assessment results only to firms increases callbacks. These patterns are consistent with two-sided information frictions, a new finding that can inform design of information-provision mechanisms.

Keywords: Job search; hiring; two-sided limited information; worker assessment; field experiment; employment; earnings (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J23 J24 J31 J41 O15 O17 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-06
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