Providing advice to jobseekers at low cost: An experimental study on online advice

Michele Belot, Philipp Kircher, Paul Muller

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Abstract

We develop and evaluate experimentally a novel tool that redesigns the job search process by providing tailored advice at low cost. 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1411-1447
JournalReview of Economic Studies
Volume86
Issue number4
Early online date5 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • online job search
  • occupational breadth
  • search design

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