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Vacancy Referrals, Job Search, and the Duration of Unemployment: A Randomized Experiment


Per Engstrom


Uppsala University - Department of Economics

Patrik Hesselius


IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation; Uppsala University

Bertil Holmlund


Uppsala University - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

February 2009

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2552

Abstract:     
One goal of the public employment service is to facilitate matching between unemployed job seekers and job vacancies; another goal is to monitor job search so as to bring search efforts among the unemployed in line with search requirements. The referral of job seekers to vacancies is one instrument used for these purposes. We report results from a randomized Swedish experiment where the outcome of referrals is examined. To what extent do unemployed individuals actually apply for the jobs they are referred to? Does information to job seekers about increased monitoring affect the probability of applying and the probability of leaving unemployment? The experiment indicates that a relatively large fraction (one third) of the referrals do not result in job applications. Information about intensified monitoring causes an increase in the probability of job application, especially among young people. However, we find no significant impact on the duration of unemployment.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 31

Keywords: vacancy referral, job matching, job search, randomized experiment

JEL Classification: C99, J64, J68

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Date posted: February 24, 2009  

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Engstrom, Per and Hesselius, Patrik and Holmlund, Bertil, Vacancy Referrals, Job Search, and the Duration of Unemployment: A Randomized Experiment (February 2009). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2552. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1347964

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Per Engstrom
Uppsala University - Department of Economics ( email )
Box 513
SE-75120 Uppsala
Sweden
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+46 - 18 - 471 14 78 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.nek.uu.se/cgi/staffpage.pl?PId=13,lang=eng
Patrik Hesselius
IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation ( email )
Box 513
751 20 Uppsala
Sweden
Uppsala University
Box 513
Uppsala, 751 20
Sweden
Bertil Holmlund (Contact Author)
Uppsala University - Department of Economics ( email )
SE-75120 Uppsala
Sweden
+46 18 471 1122 (Phone)
+46 18 471 1478 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.nek.uu.se/faculty/holmlund/index.html
CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)
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Munich, DE-81679
Germany
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
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Bonn, D-53072
Germany
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