Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/152347
Authors: 
Groh, Matthew
McKenzie, David
Shammout, Nour
Vishwanath, Tara
Year of Publication: 
2015
Citation: 
[Journal:] IZA Journal of Labor Economics [ISSN:] 2193-8997 [Volume:] 4 [Year:] 2015 [Pages:] 1-20
Abstract: 
We test the role of search and matching frictions in explaining the high unemployment of tertiary-educated youth in Jordan through a randomized experiment. Firms and job candidates were provided with a job-matching service based on educational backgrounds and psychometric assessments. Although more than 1,000 matches were made, youth rejected the opportunity of an interview in 28 percent of cases, and when a job offer was received, they rejected this offer or quickly quit the job 83 percent of the time. The results suggest voluntary unemployment in this context arises from preferences over non-wage job attributes.
Subjects: 
Psychometrics
Labor market matching
Reservation utility
Youth unemployment
Jordan
Randomized experiment
JEL: 
O12
O15
J64
J08
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Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
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