Integrating Mobile Phone Technologies into Labor-Market Intermediation: A Multi-Treatment Experimental Design

52 Pages Posted: 4 May 2015

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Ana Dammert

McMaster University; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

José Galdo

Syracuse University - Department of Economics; IZA Bonn

Virgilio Galdo

Michigan State University - Economics

Abstract

This study investigates the causal impacts of integrating mobile phone technologies into traditional public labor-market intermediation services on employment outcomes. By providing faster, cheaper and up-to-date information on job vacancies via SMS, mobile phone technologies might affect the rate at which offers arrive as well as the probability of receiving a job offer. We implement a social experiment with multiple treatments that allows us to investigate both the role of information channels (digital versus non-digital) and information sets (restricted [public] versus unrestricted [public/private]).The results show positive and significant short-term effects on employment for public labor-market intermediation. While the impacts from traditional labor-market intermediation are not large enough to be statistically significant, the unrestricted digital treatment group shows statistically significant short-term employment effects. As for potential matching efficiency gains, the results suggest no statistically significant effects associated with either information channels or information sets.

Keywords: mobile phones, labor-market intermediation, ICT, field experiments, Peru

JEL Classification: I3, J2

Suggested Citation

Dammert, Ana and Galdo, José and Galdo, Virgilio, Integrating Mobile Phone Technologies into Labor-Market Intermediation: A Multi-Treatment Experimental Design. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2601698 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2601698

Ana Dammert (Contact Author)

McMaster University ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Germany

José Galdo

Syracuse University - Department of Economics ( email )

Syracuse, NY 13244-1020
United States

IZA Bonn

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Virgilio Galdo

Michigan State University - Economics ( email )

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East Lansing, MI 48824-1122
United States
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