Decoding Job Search Behavior Using Search Volume Data

Posted: 1 Dec 2018

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Wei-Fong Pan

Department of Economics, University of Reading

Date Written: November 3, 2018

Abstract

We investigate job search activity in China by constructing novel job search activity indices based on internet search volumes. These indices correlate positively with countercyclical labor market measures and negatively with procyclical ones. Our results suggest job search behavior is countercyclical, but some groups might differ, as the job search of new graduates tends to be acyclical and that of white collar workers is less countercyclical. We further document that search efforts peak on Mondays and decrease during holidays.

Keywords: Job search; Search volume; Precautionary search; Holiday effects

JEL Classification: E24; E32; J64

Suggested Citation

Pan, Wei-Fong, Decoding Job Search Behavior Using Search Volume Data (November 3, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3277782 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3277782

Wei-Fong Pan (Contact Author)

Department of Economics, University of Reading ( email )

Whiteknights
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AH
United Kingdom

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