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Integrating mobile phone technologies into labor-market intermediation: a multi-treatment experimental design

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  • Ana Dammert

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  • Jose Galdo

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  • Virgilio Galdo

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This study investigates the causal impacts of integrating mobile phone technologies into traditional public labor-market intermediation services on employment outcomes. By providing faster, cheaper and up-to-date information on job vacancies via SMS, mobile phone technologies might affect the rate at which offers arrive as well as the probability of receiving a job offer. We implement a social experiment with multiple treatments that allows us to investigate both the role of information channels (digital versus non-digital) and information sets (restricted [public] versus unrestricted [public/private]). The results show positive and significant short-term effects on employment for public labor-market intermediation. While the impacts from traditional labor-market intermediation are not large enough to be statistically significant, the unrestricted digital treatment group shows statistically significant short-term employment effects. As for potential matching efficiency gains, the results suggest no statistically significant effects associated with either information channels or information sets. JEL classification codes: I3, J2 Copyright Dammert et al. 2015

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  • Ana Dammert & Jose Galdo & Virgilio Galdo, 2015. "Integrating mobile phone technologies into labor-market intermediation: a multi-treatment experimental design," IZA Journal of Labor & Development, Springer;Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit GmbH (IZA), vol. 4(1), pages 1-27, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:izaldv:v:4:y:2015:i:1:p:1-27:10.1186/s40175-015-0033-7
    DOI: 10.1186/s40175-015-0033-7
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    Keywords

    Mobile phones; Labor-market intermediation; ICT; Field experiments; Peru;

    JEL classification:

    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty
    • J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor

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