Choice and Success of Job Search Methods

42 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2006

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Andrea Weber

Vienna University of Economics and Business; Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Helmut Mahringer

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)

Date Written: January 2006

Abstract

Job seekers can influence the arrival rate of job offers by the choice of search effort and the search methods they use. In this paper we empirically investigate the contribution of the use of different search methods on the outcome of search. We use unique data on the search behavior of job seekers sampled from the inflow into employment during the year 1997 in Austria, which matches survey information with administrative records. We analyze the quality of job matches in terms of wages and job durations for employed and unemployed workers. Our main finding is that the public employment service specializes in the support of low quality workers. For these workers it is equal in efficiency to the other search channels.

Keywords: job search, search channels, selectivity bias

JEL Classification: J20, J64, C31

Suggested Citation

Weber, Andrea Michaela and Mahringer, Helmut, Choice and Success of Job Search Methods (January 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1939. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=878677

Andrea Michaela Weber (Contact Author)

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Helmut Mahringer

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) ( email )

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Wien, A-1103
Austria

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