Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/149231
Authors: 
Gee, Laura Katherine
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10372
Abstract: 
This paper presents the results from a 2.3 million person field experiment that varies whether or not a job seeker sees the number of applicants for a job posting on a large job posting website, LinkedIn. This intervention increases the likelihood that a person will finish an application by 3.5%. Women have a larger increase in their likelihood of finishing an application than men. Overall, adding this information to a job posting may offer a light-touch way to both increase application rates and alter the diversity of the applicant pool.
Subjects: 
field experiment
labor search
social information
big data
gender
risk aversion
ambiguity aversion
uncertainty
herding
competition
JEL: 
C93
D01
D83
J21
J22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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