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Learning about Job Search: A Field Experiment with Job Seekers in Germany




Speaker: Professor Steffen Altmann (University of Copenhagen)

Series: Department of Economics Seminar Series 2016-17

This seminar is part of the Department of Economics Seminar Series 2016-17. The seminars are open to all - no registration necessary.


We conduct a large-scale field experiment in the German labour market to investigate how information provision affects job seekers’ employment prospects and labour market outcomes. Individuals assigned to the treatment group of our experiment received a brochure that informed them about job search strategies and the consequences of unemployment, and motivated them to actively look for new employment.

We study the causal impact of the brochure by comparing labour market outcomes of treated and untreated job seekers in administrative data containing comprehensive information on individuals’ employment status and earnings. The effects of our treatment tend to be positive, but concentrated among job seekers who are at risk of being unemployed for an extended period of time. Specifically, treatment effects in our overall sample are moderately positive on average but mostly insignificant.

At the same time, we do observe pronounced and statistically significant effects for individuals who exhibit an increased risk of long-term unemployment. For this group, the brochure increases employment and earnings in the year after the intervention by roughly 4%. Given the low cost of the intervention, our findings indicate that targeted information provision can be a highly effective policy tool in the labour market.

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3.00pm - 4.30pmWednesday 30th November 2016

D111 Rhind Building City, University of London St. John Street London EC1R 0JD United Kingdom

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