Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161160
Authors: 
Beam, Emily A.
Hyman, Joshua
Theoharides, Caroline
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10537
Abstract: 
Understanding employer preferences for characteristics of young workers is crucial to designing effective policies to reduce youth unemployment in developing countries. We conduct a randomized resume audit study, simultaneously examining the returns to education, experience, and physical attractiveness among young workers applying for entry-level jobs in a developing country context. Employers do not value college experience without a degree. Postsecondary vocational training increases the likelihood of a callback, but only for blue-collar occupations typically offered only to male workers. Work experience is valued across most occupations; however, among service-sector jobs with in-person customer interactions, attractive applicants receive 23 percent more callbacks, swamping the returns to experience. Our results can guide policymakers in the design of labor market programs to reduce youth unemployment as well as help young workers make optimal choices to ease their school-to-work transition.
Subjects: 
returns to education
school-to-work transition
audit study
labor demand
returns to experience
attractiveness
JEL: 
J23
J24
J70
C93
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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