Primary Outcomes (explanation)
To measure unemployment duration, we will link our survey data of the study participants with administrative data on employment and unemployment provided by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.
Skill mismatch is measured by comparing the skill requirements of an occupation relative to a participant’s skill profile. We are interested in the skill mismatch with respect to the new job in case of an unemployment exit and to the viewed job ads during the job search.
To measure the skill profile of job seekers, we conduct an evaluation of the skills based on survey questions and self-administered tests. This evaluation will be carried out at study entry (baseline evaluation), halfway through the study (mid-evaluation) and at the of the study (post-evaluation). To measure skill requirements of occupations, we rely on publicly available O*NET data. We focus on the following 12 skills: reading comprehension, time management, monitoring, fluency of ideas, memorization, inductive reasoning, category flexibility, perceptual speed, adaptability and flexibility, stress tolerance, leadership, self-control.