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

Journal article
Authors M. Belot
P. Kircher
Paul Muller
Published in Review of Economic Studies
Volume 86
Issue 4
Pages 1411-1447
ISSN 0034-6527
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Economics
Pages 1411-1447
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1093/restud/rdy059
Subject categories Economics

Abstract

We develop and evaluate experimentally a novel tool that redesigns the job search process by providing tailored advice at lowcost. We invited jobseekers to our computer facilities for twelve consecutive weekly sessions to search for real jobs on our web interface. For one-half, instead of relying on their own search criteria, we use readily available labour market data to display relevant alternative occupations and associated jobs. The data indicate that this broadens the set of jobs they consider and increases their job interviews especially for participants who otherwise search narrowly and have been unemployed for a few months.

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