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The More You Know: Information Effects in Job Application Rates in a Large Field Experiment

47 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2015 Last revised: 13 Sep 2016

Laura Gee

Tufts University; IZA

Date Written: June 21, 2016

Abstract

This paper presents the results from a 2.3 million person field experiment that varies whether or not a job seeker sees the number of applicants for a job posting on a large job posting website, LinkedIn. This intervention increases the likelihood that a person will finish an application by 3.5%. Women are more likely to finish an application than men. Overall, adding this information to a job posting may offer a light-touch way to both increase application rates and alter the diversity of the applicant pool.

Keywords: field experiment, gender, labor search, big data, risk aversion, ambiguity aversion, herding, competition

JEL Classification: C93, D01, D83, J21, J22

Suggested Citation

Gee, Laura, The More You Know: Information Effects in Job Application Rates in a Large Field Experiment (June 21, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2612979 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2612979

Laura Gee (Contact Author)

Tufts University ( email )

Medford, MA 02155
United States

IZA

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
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