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Improving Matches between Employers and Job-Seekers in India
Last registered on May 22, 2016

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Improving Matches between Employers and Job-Seekers in India
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0001286
Initial registration date
May 22, 2016
Last updated
May 22, 2016 11:56 AM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
UC Berkeley
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
UC Berkeley
PI Affiliation
UC Berkeley
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2016-01-04
End date
2017-08-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Our work aims to understand how labor market frictions affect SME growth in India. Without appropriate information about the pool of job-seekers on the market and their individual quality, firms may end up hiring a poor quality worker, hiring a good worker who is a bad match, or choosing to leave a position vacant altogether. These outcomes are not only costly for firms but also for workers who will face higher rates of unemployment. In this context it becomes important to design policies that can help firms overcome these frictions. The goal of this research is to determine the extent to which the services provided by online job portals can help firms overcome these constraints.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Kelley, Erin , Jeremy Magruder and Elizabeth Ramirez. 2016. "Improving Matches between Employers and Job-Seekers in India." AEA RCT Registry. May 22. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.1286-1.0
Former Citation
Kelley, Erin et al. 2016. "Improving Matches between Employers and Job-Seekers in India." AEA RCT Registry. May 22. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/1286/history/8411
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
We randomly offer firms access to various popular services offered by online job portals (such as screening technologies).
Intervention Start Date
2016-07-01
Intervention End Date
2017-06-01
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Worker Productivity; Firm Productivity; Worker Selection; Hiring costs; Number of hires; Hiring practices; Demand for job portals' services
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
We have three treatment arms to assess the impact of the services provided by online job portals on firms hiring decisions, and firm growth.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
The unit of randomization is the firm
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
1500 firms
Sample size: planned number of observations
1500 firms
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
1500 firms
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports and Papers
Preliminary Reports
Relevant Papers