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Are large firms more efficient in matching jobs to job searchers than small firms?

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  • Broersma, L.

    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculteit der Economische Wetenschappen en Econometrie (Free University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics Sciences, Business Administration and Economitrics)

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    This paper studies the behaviour of firms of different size with respect to their behaviour in matching vacant jobs to job searchers. We have specified and estimated a matching function for firms of different size in The Netherlands, according to the number of employees. We found no difference in the elasticity of matching jobs to job searchers, but we did find a significant higher efficiency of matching jobs to job searchers for small firms, compared to larger firms. This paper provides a number stylized facts, based on characteristics of vacancies offered by firms of different size that give an interpretation of this difference in matching efficiency. Basically, large firms offer more vacancies that require high education, large firms offer more part-time vacancies and large firms look more for employed job searchers and less for unemployed and school leavers.

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    Paper provided by VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics in its series Serie Research Memoranda with number 0010.

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    Date of creation: 1996
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    Handle: RePEc:dgr:vuarem:1996-10

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    1. Lindeboom, M. & Ours, J.C. & Renes, G., 1991. "Matching employers and workers : an empirical analysis on the effectiveness of search," Serie Research Memoranda 0063, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
    2. Holzer, Harry J, 1994. "Job Vacancy Rates in the Firm: An Empirical Analysis," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 61(241), pages 17-36, February.
    3. Steven J. Davis & John Haltiwanger & Scott Schuh, 1993. "Small Business and Job Creation: Dissecting the Myth and Reassessing theFacts," NBER Working Papers 4492, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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