Recruitment Channel Use and Applicant Arrival: An Empirical Analysis

Empirical Economics, Vol. 25, Issue 4, June 2000

Posted: 17 Aug 2001

See all articles by Giovanni Russo

Giovanni Russo

VU University Amsterdam; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Peter Nijkamp

VU University of Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics; Tinbergen Institute

Cees Gorter

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics

Abstract

This paper focuses on the recruitment behavior of firms at the extensive margin; we empirically explore the relationship between employer search strategies and the number of applicants by means of (reduced form) two-equations simultaneous models. The empirical analysis is carried out on a rich micro data set on Dutch employer recruitment behavior. Our empirical analysis reveals that the economic conditions prevailing on the labor market influence employer search activity at the extensive margin. In particular, we see that in tight (slack) labor markets characterized by excess demand (supply) of labor, the flow of applicants is smaller (larger). Employers react to the shortage (excess) of applicants by using more (less) often advertisements. This recruitment channel appears to trigger a significantly larger flow of applicants.

Keywords: recruitment, labor demand

Suggested Citation

Russo, Giovanni and Nijkamp, Peter and Gorter, Cees, Recruitment Channel Use and Applicant Arrival: An Empirical Analysis. Empirical Economics, Vol. 25, Issue 4, June 2000, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=256726

Giovanni Russo (Contact Author)

VU University Amsterdam ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Peter Nijkamp

VU University of Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics ( email )

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Tinbergen Institute

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Cees Gorter

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics ( email )

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Amsterdam, 1081HV
Netherlands
+31-(0)20-44 46093 (Phone)

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