Social Media Exposure and Job Outcomes

Last registered on May 11, 2023


Trial Information

General Information

Social Media Exposure and Job Outcomes
Initial registration date
November 02, 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
November 04, 2022, 1:39 PM EDT

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

Last updated
May 11, 2023, 11:08 AM EDT

Last updated is the most recent time when changes to the trial's registration were published.



Primary Investigator

University of Michigan

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Michigan
PI Affiliation
University of Michigan
PI Affiliation
Stanford University

Additional Trial Information

In development
Start date
End date
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
We conducted a field experiment to investigate the causal impact of social media promotion on job market outcomes for Economics job market candidates (JMCs), with a particular focus on under-represented groups such as women, racial and ethnic minorities, and the LGBTQ+ community. We asked economist "influencers" with more than 4,500 followers on Twitter to quote-tweet a random subset of job market paper tweets on Econ Job Helper. We will subsequently measure the impact of this intervention on job market outcomes. Preliminary analysis reveals an increase in the visibility of job market papers for the treatment group, as their tweets receive higher numbers of likes, retweets, and URL clicks. Currently, job market outcomes are being collected to further analyze whether social media promotion can help JMCs receive more job interviews, fly-outs, and job offers. The results of this study will enhance our understanding of the efficacy of social media promotion in influencing job market outcomes for junior scholars, especially for those from under-represented groups in the academic job market.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Chen, Yan et al. 2023. "Social Media Exposure and Job Outcomes." AEA RCT Registry. May 11.
Experimental Details


We will randomize the extent of social media exposure.
Intervention Start Date
Intervention End Date

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Number of interviews / fly-outs / job offers received on different types of jobs
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
We will collect data on job interviews, fly-outs and job offers via a post-market survey.

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Satisfaction with job placement
Twitter influence index: impressions, retweets, URL clicks, detail expands, engagements, likes, replies etc.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
We will collect satisfaction with job placement via our post-market survey.
We will collect Twitter influence index via Twitter Analytics.

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Not available.
Experimental Design Details
We will conduct a field experiment where a subset of job market papers will be randomly assigned to be quote tweeted by economist influencers in their field.
Randomization Method
Please refer to our pre-analysis plan
Randomization Unit
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
Sample size: planned number of observations
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Treatment: n = 247 (URG: 150; non-URG: 97)
Control: n = 278 (URG: 81, non-URG: 197)
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
0.25 (main effect) 0.34 (subgroup effect)

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Digital Mentoring
IRB Approval Date
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Analysis Plan

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Post Trial Information

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Is the intervention completed?
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?

Program Files

Program Files
Reports, Papers & Other Materials

Relevant Paper(s)

Reports & Other Materials