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Vacancy Referrals, Job Search, and the Duration of Unemployment: A Randomized Experiment
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2012 (English)In: Labour, ISSN 1121-7081, E-ISSN 1467-9914, Vol. 26, no 4, 419-435 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

One goal of the Public Employment Service is to facilitate matching between unemployed job-seekers and job vacancies; another goal is to monitor job search so as to bring search efforts among the unemployed in line with search requirements. The referral of job-seekers to vacancies is one instrument used for these purposes. We report results from a randomized Swedish experiment where the outcome of referrals is examined. To what extent do unemployed individuals actually apply for the jobs they are referred to? Does information to job-seekers about increased monitoring affect the probability of applying and the probability of leaving unemployment? The experiment indicates that a relatively large fraction (one-third) of the referrals do not result in job applications. Information about intensified monitoring causes an increase in the probability of job application, especially among young people. However, we find no significant impact on the duration of unemployment.

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2012. Vol. 26, no 4, 419-435 p.
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experimental design, job search, probability, public service, unemployment
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Economics
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-186967DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9914.2012.00545.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-186967DiVA: diva2:573417
Available from: 2012-11-30 Created: 2012-11-30 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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