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Title:Vacancy referrals, job search, and the duration of unemployment: a randomized experiment PDF Logo
Authors:Engström, Per
Hesselius, Patrik
Holmlund, Bertil
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper 2552
Abstract:One goal of the public employment service is to facilitate matching between unemployed job seekers and job vacancies; another goal is to monitor job search so as to bring search efforts among the unemployed in line with search requirements. The referral of job seekers to vacancies is one instrument used for these purposes. We report results from a randomized Swedish experiment where the outcome of referrals is examined. To what extent do unemployed individuals actually apply for the jobs they are referred to? Does information to job seekers about increased monitoring affect the probability of applying and the probability of leaving unemployment? The experiment indicates that a relatively large fraction (one third) of the referrals do not result in job applications. Information about intensified monitoring causes an increase in the probability of job application, especially among young people. However, we find no significant impact on the duration of unemployment.
Subjects:Vacancy referral
job matching
job search
randomized experiment
JEL:C99
J64
J68
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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