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Sorting by Skill over the Course of Job Search

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We use novel high-frequency panel data on individuals' job applications from an online job posting engine to study (1) whether at the beginning of search job seekers with different levels of education (skill) apply to different jobs, and (2) how search behavior changes as search continues. First, we find that there is sorting by skill at the beginning of search. Second, as search continues, job seekers apply to different types of jobs than at the beginning of search. In particular, assuming that sorting at the beginning of search is positive, as search continues there is less sorting by education and job seekers, on average, apply to lower quality jobs.

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Paper provided by Concordia University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 12011.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 18 Apr 2012
Date of revision: 18 Apr 2012
Handle: RePEc:crd:wpaper:12011

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Keywords: Job Application; Search; Heterogenous Agents; Sorting; Directed Search;

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