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How Wage Announcements Affect Job Search: A Field Experiment

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  • Belot, Michèle

    () (European University Institute)

  • Kircher, Philipp

    () (University of Edinburgh)

  • Muller, Paul

    () (University of Gothenburg)

Abstract

We study how job seekers respond to wage announcements by assigning wages randomly to pairs of otherwise similar vacancies in a large number of professions. High wage vacancies attract more interest, in contrast with much of the evidence based on observational data. Some applicants only show interest in the low wage vacancy even when they were exposed to both. Both findings are core predictions of theories of directed/competitive search where workers trade off the wage with the perceived competition for the job. A calibrated model with multiple applications and on-the-job search induces magnitudes broadly in line with the empirical findings.

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  • Belot, Michèle & Kircher, Philipp & Muller, Paul, 2018. "How Wage Announcements Affect Job Search: A Field Experiment," IZA Discussion Papers 11814, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp11814
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    Keywords

    online job search; directed search; wage competition; field experiments;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments

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