Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/223679
Authors: 
Hensvik, Lena
Le Barbanchon, Thomas
Rathelot, Roland
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13237
Abstract: 
This paper measures the job-search responses to the COVID-19 pandemic using realtime data on vacancy postings and ad views on Sweden's largest online job board. First, the labour demand shock in Sweden is as large as in the US, and affects industries and occupations heterogeneously. Second, the scope and direction of search change. Job seekers respond to the shock by searching less intensively and by redirecting their search towards less severely hit occupations, beyond what changes in labour demand would predict. The redirection of job search changes relative hiring costs, and has the potential to amplify labour demand shifts.
Subjects: 
COVID-19
coronavirus
search intensity
search direction
labour demand shock
job vacancies
online job board
JEL: 
J22
J23
J21
J62
J63
J64
E24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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