Self-Regulation Training and Job Search Behavior: A Natural Field Experiment Within an Active Labor Market Program
38 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2019 Last revised: 27 Mar 2020
Date Written: October 16, 2019
Recent evidence suggests that self-regulation abilities play an important role for the job finding success of unemployed persons. We conduct a randomized controlled trial embedded in an established labor market reactivation program to examine the effect of a self-regulation training on job search effort of long-term unemployed participants. Our treatment involves teaching a self-regulation strategy based on mental contrasting with implementation intentions. We find that the treatment has a positive effect on the quality of application documents as well as on the probability of participants submitting their documents on time. However, we do not find a significant positive effect on labor market reintegration. We discuss several reasons for this null finding and conduct further exploratory analyses to learn about heterogeneous treatment effects.
Keywords: active labor market policy; natural field experiment; job search behavior; unemployed; self-regulation; non-cognitive skills
JEL Classification: C93; J24; J64
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