Talking to role models: how experiences from previous job seekers can support occupational transitions

Last registered on October 31, 2022

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Talking to role models: how experiences from previous job seekers can support occupational transitions
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0010322
Initial registration date
October 27, 2022

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
October 31, 2022, 4:28 PM EDT

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Cornell University
PI Affiliation
Cornell University
PI Affiliation
Cornell University
PI Affiliation
Erasmus University Rotterdam
PI Affiliation
UWV
PI Affiliation
UWV
PI Affiliation
Maastricht University

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2022-10-28
End date
2024-04-01
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
We study the impact of a platform on which unemployed jobseekers can come into contact with `buddies’: former jobseekers who have recently transitioned from one occupation to another. The platform aims at facilitating conversations between the unemployed jobseekers and their buddies, so as to motivate the jobseekers to make a transition themselves. Jobseekers who are looking for work in occupations with poor labor market prospects will be invited to express their interest in the platform. Within those who express interest, we give a randomly selected group access to the platform. The others form the control group. The outcome measures of interest are employment status and earnings (both from administrative data), job search behavior (measured by activity on the public job search website), and characteristics of newly found jobs (measured using a survey).
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Registration Citation

Citation
Belot, Michèle et al. 2022. "Talking to role models: how experiences from previous job seekers can support occupational transitions ." AEA RCT Registry. October 31. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.10322-1.0
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Access to a buddy platform
Intervention Start Date
2022-11-04
Intervention End Date
2023-03-31

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
1. Employment status in months 1 to 18 after enrollment in the study
2. Job stability: the likelihood at each month 1 to 18 of having found a stable job (defined as lasting at least 6 months with at least 16 hours per week)
3. Cumulative and current labor earnings in months 1 to 18 after enrollment
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
- distance between new occupation and initial search occupation
- search behavior on the public employment platform (saved vacancies and applications).
- search behavior measured from survey responses
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
For search behavior measured from survey responses will we measure impacts on applications (per occupation), occupational breadth, willingness to consider other occupations, time spent searching, time spent exploring alternative occupations

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Job seekers who search in occupations with poor job finding prospects were recruited through email and were asked to express interest in joining the platform. 6048 job seekers received an email asking them to express interest. Out of those who did, a randomly selected subset will be offered access to the platform.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization is performed by the research team using a computer
Randomization Unit
individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
350
Sample size: planned number of observations
350
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
175 individuals in control group, 175 individuals in treatment group
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
see pre-analysis plan
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Research Ethics Review Board VU University Amsterdam, School of Economics and Business (SBE)
IRB Approval Date
2022-02-04
IRB Approval Number
20220324.1.pmr450
Analysis Plan

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