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Which one to Choose? Evidence on the Choice and Success of Job Search Methods

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  • Stephan L. Thomsen
  • Mark Wittich

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This paper empirically investigates the determinants of the choice of six di erent job search channels and the job search intensity, and the resulting success in terms of employment uptake of the job seeker. The channels comprise the public employment agency, advertisements in newspapers and journals, internet job search, recruitment agencies, direct applications, and personal contacts. In line with the ndings for other countries, the results show that consideration of a larger number of channels raises the employment chances. The estimates of the determinants exhibit speci c patterns for the choice of the single channels and the level of search intensity. The results of success of the job search channels reveal that the public employment agency is ine ective and harms the employment chances of the unemployed job seekers. In contrast, direct applications for jobs increase the employment chances.

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  • Stephan L. Thomsen & Mark Wittich, 2010. "Which one to Choose? Evidence on the Choice and Success of Job Search Methods," Schmollers Jahrbuch : Journal of Applied Social Science Studies / Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, vol. 130(4), pages 445-483.
  • Handle: RePEc:aeq:aeqsjb:v130_y2010_i4_q4_p445-483
    DOI: 10.3790/schm.130.4.445
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    1. Denzer, Manuel & Schank, Thorsten & Upward, Richard, 2018. "Does the Internet Increase the Job Finding Rate? Evidence from a Period of Internet Expansion," IZA Discussion Papers 11764, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
    2. van den Berg, Gerard & Gürtzgen, Nicole & Lochner, Benjamin & Pohlan, Laura, 2021. "Does online search improve the match quality of new hires?," Working Paper Series 2021:8, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
    3. Denzer, Manuel & Schank, Thorsten & Upward, Richard, 2021. "Does the internet increase the job finding rate? Evidence from a period of expansion in internet use," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 55(C).
    4. Gürtzgen, Nicole & (né Nolte), André Diegmann & Pohlan, Laura & van den Berg, Gerard J., 2021. "Do digital information technologies help unemployed job seekers find a job? Evidence from the broadband internet expansion in Germany," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 132(C).
    5. Rainer Eppel & Helmut Mahringer & Andrea Weber, 2014. "Job Search Behaviour and Job Search Success of the Unemployed," WIFO Working Papers 471, WIFO.
    6. Gürtzgen, Nicole & Lochner, Benjamin & Pohlan, Laura & van den Berg, Gerard J., 2021. "Does online search improve the match quality of new hires?," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(C).
    7. Pohlan, Laura & Rothe, Thomas, 2020. "Personalrekrutierung von Beschäftigten, Kurz- und Langzeitarbeitslosen: Unterschiede bei Besetzungswegen und Beschäftigungsqualität," IAB-Kurzbericht 202006, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].
    8. Denzer, Manuel, 2018. "Does the internet increase the job finding rate? Evidence from a period of internet expansion," VfS Annual Conference 2018 (Freiburg, Breisgau): Digital Economy 181557, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
    9. Rainer Eppel & Helmut Mahringer, 2019. "Getting a lot out of a little bit of work? The effects of marginal employment during unemployment," Empirica, Springer;Austrian Institute for Economic Research;Austrian Economic Association, vol. 46(2), pages 381-408, May.

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    JEL classification:

    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion
    • J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General

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