Job Information and Social Networks

Last registered on December 17, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Job Information and Social Networks
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0005342
Initial registration date
January 26, 2020
Last updated
December 17, 2020, 6:32 AM EST

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
UC Berkeley

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Virigina
PI Affiliation
World Bank

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2020-02-01
End date
2021-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Social networks are recognized to be important for labor market outcomes as job seekers rely upon their networks to find jobs. However, there is limited evidence about specifically what kind of job information flows through networks and how agents choose to disclose information with their connections. This project seeks to investigate these mechanisms through an experiment that varies the availability of job information and skills related to job search among graduating college students in India. We then track how this information flows among student cohorts.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Chiplunkar, Gaurav , Erin Kelley and Gregory Lane. 2020. "Job Information and Social Networks." AEA RCT Registry. December 17. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.5342-1.1
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
The experiment contains two interventions delivered to students attending different colleges in Mumbai. The first intervention provides students information about job openings in their area of interest. The second intervention offers students CV training. Only one of the interventions is provided in any given college.
Intervention Start Date
2020-03-01
Intervention End Date
2021-07-31

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Job applications, knowledge of job openings, CV quality, information sharing decision
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
CV quality will be measured using a rubric based off of specific criteria taught in the training session.

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Employment, heterogeneity by identify of recipient / provider of information
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design

In half of sample colleges, all students receive soft skills training from our local training partner as an enticement to attend an onboarding session and follow-ups. Half of these students are then randomly assigned to receive a weekly job list of 10-15 local jobs in a specialization selected by students at baseline. The job intervention lasts for five weeks. The control group does not receive any direct job information over this time period.

In the other half of colleges, half of students are randomly selected to receive a CV building training at baseline. The training is designed to give specific formatting and information guidelines for creating a high-quality CV. The control group of students are not given any training at baseline and instead are asked to complete a survey. After two weeks, the control group of students are “surprised” with a CV training identical to that provided to the treatment group. Finally, three weeks post-baseline, we cross-randomize the job information treatment as before (half of students receive a list of 10-15 relevant jobs).

Experimental Design Details
STEP 1: ORIENTATION
o The orientation will happen a few weeks before the scheduled training and is designed to recruit students for the experiment. The orientation will comprise of a roughly 10 minutes pitch which will be accompanied by a short slide deck. This will cover a brief background on the team, the project, how the training is helpful and what all the session will cover, and our expectations from students who plan on registering.

STEP 2: REGISTRATION
o The orientation will be followed by a registration which sings students up to participate in the training in each college, along with their information (name, E-Mail, phone number and which area of specialization they belong to). We also ask them to take a standardized test to measure baseline ability and to bring their CV to the training in a few weeks (or e-mail it ahead of time).


STEP 3: TRAINING and BASELINE

o Using registration lists, we will randomly invite half of students in each college to attend a one of two types of training sessions. For intervention one, the treatment group will receive the soft skills session (which is given to all students within that college), after which they will be given a list of jobs in their area of interest. The job list will list the firm, job description, offered wage, and a link to apply. Candidates will be asked to apply to any jobs they are interested in during the session, and will be given a hard copy of the jobs to take with them. The control group will only receive the soft skills training. Additionally, during the training sessions, each group will be asked to complete a detailed baseline survey collecting data on their social network, job preferences, rankings of hypothetical jobs, and other demographic variables.
o For Intervention two, the treatment group will receive a detailed CV training which gives specific formatting and content tips. Students will be asked to create or edit their CVs during the session. CVs will be validated and copies will be collected by the trainers. The control group will only be asked to complete the baseline survey during this session.
o After two weeks the intervention two control group will be brought in for another training session. They will be asked to bring the current version of their CVs to collect and analyze as an outcome measure of CV information spread. Afterwards, they will be given the same CV training previously received the treatment group.


STEP 4: WEEKLY FOLLOW-UPS

o In intervention one, both treatment and control groups will be brought in weekly for a short interview. Treatment individuals will be given a new list of job openings and asked to apply to those they wish and asked a to complete a short survey about any interviews / job offers they have received. The control group will be asked about whether they have heard about or applied to any jobs given the treatment group in the previous week, and if so, who they heard the information from. The control group will also be asked to complete a short survey.
o In intervention two, there will be no follow-up until after the second week when both treatment and control groups have received their CV training. After week two, and the subsequent cross randomization into a job-list group and control group, we will proceed with the same weekly follow-ups as conducted in intervention one.

Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Schools were randomly selected to receive either intervention one or two. Within schools, individual students were randomly selected into treatment.
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
6 schools, 100 students per school
Sample size: planned number of observations
600 students
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
There are 3 schools assigned to intervention one, and 3 schools assigned to intervention 2. Within each school 50 students are assigned to their respective treatments. This comes to a total of 150 treatment and 150 control students for intervention one, and 150 treatment and 150 control students for intervention two.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
University of California, Berkeley
IRB Approval Date
2016-06-01
IRB Approval Number
N/A

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

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