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Providing labor market information to long-term unemployed
Last registered on October 22, 2018

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Providing labor market information to long-term unemployed
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003433
Initial registration date
October 18, 2018
Last updated
October 22, 2018 12:50 AM EDT
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University of Edinburgh and European University Institute
PI Affiliation
University of Edinburgh and European University Institute
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2018-10-18
End date
2022-02-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We investigate whether providing individualized labor market information helps long-term job seekers find employment. Our sample will consist of job seekers that have been unemployed for at least 2 years and that are entering a job search assistance programme offered by a private company. A significant share may have a disability or health condition. These individuals use a standard job search portal to find and track jobs of interest. A random subset will be offered an enhanced version of the portal that offers suggestions for alternative occupations based on the individual’s preference for particular occupations. The enhanced portal also offers additional resources to find relevant occupations in case the job seeker has no preferred occupations.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Belot, Michele, Philipp Kircher and Paul Muller. 2018. "Providing labor market information to long-term unemployed." AEA RCT Registry. October 22. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.3433-1.0.
Former Citation
Belot, Michele et al. 2018. "Providing labor market information to long-term unemployed." AEA RCT Registry. October 22. http://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3433/history/36002.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The intervention consists of providing labor market information to jobseekers. The control group will be searching for jobs using a standard jobsearch website. The treatment group will be using a jobsearch site on which they receive advice about alternative occupations to consider. They can directly search for available vacancies in these suggested occupations.
Intervention Start Date
2018-10-18
Intervention End Date
2020-10-18
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Duration until reaching an income (from work) threshold.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
NOTE: a conversation is still ongoing with the UK Division of Work and Pensions (DWP) regarding the exact information on job finding that will be provided. The variables that we list here are therefore preliminary until DWP has approved. In case of any changes, an update will be uploaded.
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Duration until job finding; Occupational mobility; Fraction of time employed during first 15 months after programme start; jobsearch activity (nr. of searches, nr. of listed jobs, nr. of viewed jobs, nr. of applications, nr. of interviews). For each (except job interviews) we also consider occupational breadth, which is a measure for the occupational diversity of a set of vacancies.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
For computing breadth measures, we will follow the methodology outlined in Belot et al. (2018).
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
All job seekers that enter the assistance programme in the UK, offered by a private company, will be asked to take part in the study. When using the job search portal to find and track jobs of interest, they are asked to consent to take part in a study on job search, but do not receive any specific information on the nature of the intervention. After consenting to take part, information on their search activities as well as other information will be passed on to the research team.

An enhanced version of the job search portal will be offered to randomly selected individuals. Randomization occurs at the individual level and is not conditional on any other individual characteristics. Using a set of API’s, all search activity by participants on the portal will be collected. Once a participant finds employment, information about the job will be passed to the research team. In addition, updated information on the stability of the job will be collected.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization is performed by a computer, based on an individual's ID number.
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
1 region (UK)
Sample size: planned number of observations
17000 individuals (expected)
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
60% will be in the treatment group, and thus the expected sample sizes are 10200 (treatment group) and 6800 (control group)
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Ethics Sub-Committee of the School of Economics, University of Edinburgh
IRB Approval Date
2018-05-29
IRB Approval Number
N/A
Analysis Plan

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