Using Internet Data to Analyse the Labour Market: A Methodological Enquiry

26 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2014

See all articles by Lucia Mytna Kurekova

Lucia Mytna Kurekova

Slovak Governance Institute; Central European University

Miroslav Beblavy

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Anna‐Elisabeth Thum

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS); European University Institute

Abstract

With the growth of the Internet, online job portals have become an important medium for job matching. This paper focuses on methodological issues arising from the usage of online job vacancy data and voluntary web-based surveys to analyse the labour market. In addition to providing a comprehensive review of the literature based on online data, we highlight the advantages and possible disadvantages of using online data and suggest strategies for overcoming selected methodological issues. We underline the difficulties in adjusting for representativeness of online job vacancies, but nevertheless argue that this rich source of data should be exploited.

Keywords: internet, job, labour market, matching, methodology, occupation, online, representativeness, vacancy

JEL Classification: E4, J2

Suggested Citation

Mytna Kurekova, Lucia and Beblavy, Miroslav and Thum, Anna-Elisabeth, Using Internet Data to Analyse the Labour Market: A Methodological Enquiry. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8555. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2514748

Lucia Mytna Kurekova (Contact Author)

Slovak Governance Institute ( email )

Gajova 4
Bratislava, 81109
Slovakia

Central European University ( email )

Nador utca 9
Budapest, H-1051
Hungary

Miroslav Beblavy

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

Anna-Elisabeth Thum

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

European University Institute

Villa Schifanoia
133 via Bocaccio
Firenze (Florence), Tuscany 50014
Italy

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