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

31 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2009  

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); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: February 2009

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.

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

JEL Classification: C99, J64, J68

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1347964

Per Engstrom

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Patrik Hesselius

IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation ( email )

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Uppsala University

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Bertil Holmlund (Contact Author)

Uppsala University - Department of Economics ( email )

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