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  • Betsey Stevenson

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This paper examines how the Internet has impacted job search behavior. Examining those who use the Internet for job seeking purposes, I show that the vast majority are currently employed. These employed job seekers are more likely to leave their current employer and are more likely to make an employment-to-employment transition. Examining the unemployed, I find that over the past ten years the variety of job search methods used by the unemployed has increased and job search behavior has become more extensive. Furthermore, the Internet has led to reallocation of effort among various job search activities.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 13886.

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Date of creation: Mar 2008
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Publication status: published as Betsey Stevenson. "The Internet and Job Search," in David H. Autor, editor, "Studies of Labor Market Intermediation " University of Chicago Press (2009)
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:13886

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