Linkedin(to) Job Opportunities: Experimental Evidence from Job Readiness Training
52 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2019
Date Written: September 11, 2019
Online professional networking platforms are widely used and offer the prospect of alleviating labor market frictions. We run the first randomized evaluation of training workseekers to join one of these platforms. Training increases employment at the end of the program from 70 to 77% and this effect persists for at least twelve months. Treatment effects on platform use explain most of the treatment effect on employment. Administrative data suggest that platform use increases employment by providing information to prospective employers and to workseekers. It may also facilitate referrals but does not reduce job search costs or change self-beliefs.
JEL Classification: J22, J23, J24, J64, M51, O15
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