Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/110745
Authors: 
Dammert, Ana C.
Galdo, Jose C.
Galdo, Virgilio
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9012
Abstract: 
This study investigates the causal impacts of integrating mobile phone technologies into traditional public labor-market intermediation services on employment outcomes. By providing faster, cheaper and up-to-date information on job vacancies via SMS, mobile phone technologies might affect the rate at which offers arrive as well as the probability of receiving a job offer. We implement a social experiment with multiple treatments that allows us to investigate both the role of information channels (digital versus non-digital) and information sets (restricted [public] versus unrestricted [public/private]). The results show positive and significant short-term effects on employment for public labor-market intermediation. While the impacts from traditional labor-market intermediation are not large enough to be statistically significant, the unrestricted digital treatment group shows statistically significant short-term employment effects. As for potential matching efficiency gains, the results suggest no statistically significant effects associated with either information channels or information sets.
Subjects: 
mobile phones
labor-market intermediation
ICT
field experiments
Peru
JEL: 
I3
J2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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