Information, reflection, and successful job search: A labor market policy experiment

Mühlböck, MonikaORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0418-1959; Kalleitner, Fabian; Steiber, NadiaORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9425-8840 and Kittel, Bernhard (2021) Information, reflection, and successful job search: A labor market policy experiment. Social Policy & Administration.

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Jobseekers, especially young people with little experience on the job market, face several challenges. They need to know which jobs are suited for them, where to find them, how to apply, and they need resilience in the face of repeated rejections. Previous research has shown that receiving information and reflecting on how to search for a job enhance self-efficacy and search motivation, thereby reducing the duration of unemployment spells. Following up on these results, we conducted an experiment in cooperation with the Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs which combines an “information nudge” in the form of a short video-clip with what we call “reflection nudge” in the form of an online survey. We find that a treatment combining reflection and information reduces job search duration of young unemployed people with a low level of formal education. Considering the low costs of the intervention, efficiency is very high.

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Additional Information (public): Research was funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, and Consumer Protection.
Keywords: Active labor market policy, Experiment, Job search, Nudging
Funders: Austrian Federal Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, and Consumer Protection
Research Units: Education and Employment
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Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2021 07:37
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2021 07:37
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/spol.12754
ISSN: 0144-5596
URI: https://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/5875

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