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
Date Written: June 21, 2016
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
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