Does searching broader improve job prospects? Evidence from variations of online searches

Philipp Kircher, Michele Belot, Paul Muller

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paper

Abstract

Are some people more memorable than others? We conduct an experiment in a real work setting – academia. A month after two international conferences, participants are asked to recall presenters’ names, institutions and the papers they presented. We find that people recall distinctive “minority” attributes of presenters (such as being female or non-white) and better recall identities of ethnic minorities. In contrast, academic achievements have little explanatory power on the probability of being remembered. These findings provide evidence for a potential value of standing out and have implications for our understanding of the formation of professional networks.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages39
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

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  • European Society of Population Economics 2015

    Michele Belot (Invited speaker)

    2015

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  • University of St Andrews

    Michele Belot (Invited speaker)

    2015

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  • Institute for the Study of Labor

    Michele Belot (Invited speaker)

    29 May 2015

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