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Choice and success of job search methods

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  • Andrea Weber

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  • Helmut Mahringer

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Job seekers 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 effect of different search methods on search outcomes. We use unique data on the search behavior of job seekers 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. We find that the public employment office specializes in the support of low quality workers. For them it is equally efficient as other search channels. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2008

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Empirical Economics.

Volume (Year): 35 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (August)
Pages: 153-178

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Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:35:y:2008:i:1:p:153-178

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Keywords: Job search; Search channels; Selectivity bias; J20; J64; C31;

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