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  • Russo, Giovanni

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

  • Gorter, Cees
  • Schettkat, Ronald


This paper analyses employers' recruitment strategies (in terms of search channel used, and applicants' characteristics) in response to different conditions on the relevant regional labour market. In particular we were able to formulate two hypotheses on the nature of the adjustments: (1) The use of the labour exchange office and the hiring of unemployed candidates are events more likely to happen in a slack regional labour market. The use of advertisement and the hiring of already employed job seekers are more likely to occur in presence of excess demand on the relevant regional labour market; (2) The process leading to the choice of the recruitment channel and the outcome of the recruitment process in terms of the characteristics of the hired applicants are correlated. The recruitment behaviour we find in our data is consistent with a theoretical ranking model (Blanchard and Diamond 1994) but it less likely to be induced by endogenous creation of good jobs during periods of excess demand as modelled in Pissarides (1994). In fact the composition of the educational requirements among the vacant jobs appears to be rather constant. This support the view that shifts in recruitment

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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 0017.

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Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:vuarem:1997-17

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  1. Gorter, C. & Ours, J. C. van, 1996. "The flow approach in the Netherlands; an empirical analysis using regional information," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-153301, Tilburg University.
  2. Burda, Michael & Wyplosz, Charles, 1994. "Gross worker and job flows in Europe," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 38(6), pages 1287-1315, June.
  3. Ken Burdett & Randall Wright, 1998. "Two-Sided Search with Nontransferable Utility," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 1(1), pages 220-245, January.
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