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Providing Job-Seekers with Labor Market Information
Last registered on April 16, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Providing Job-Seekers with Labor Market Information
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0006993
Initial registration date
April 16, 2021
Last updated
April 16, 2021 6:00 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
INSEAD
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
CREST
PI Affiliation
CREST
PI Affiliation
Université d'Oxford
PI Affiliation
CREST
PI Affiliation
INSEAD
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2021-05-03
End date
2021-12-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Theory suggests that job seekers set the level and direction of their search effort to maximize expected returns in the labor market. Yet this is a complex task as job seekers must process and interpret a large amount of information to form perceptions about the parameters that determine these returns. In addition, the current sanitary crisis may have exacerbated uncertainty about these labor market parameters. In this study we explore if these perceptions are accurate and whether changing perceptions has an impact on job search behavior and job finding. Through a series of survey experiments, we measure baseline beliefs and then experimentally vary the provision of stylized and personalized information on the “true” parameters in a job seeker’s micro market. We then observe the impact of this information on three main outcomes 1. updated beliefs about the local labor market, 2. search behavior 3. employment outcomes.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Crépon, Bruno et al. 2021. "Providing Job-Seekers with Labor Market Information." AEA RCT Registry. April 16. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.6993-1.0.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2021-05-03
Intervention End Date
2021-09-30
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Baseline beliefs on labor market parameters.
Impacts on:
- job search behavior: quantity and timing of search effort and the characteristics of jobs applied to.
- belief updating (follow-up survey).
- general labor market outcomes (unemployment duration and hiring: contract types (temporary or long term), geographic and sectoral mobility)
- take-up of public employment services such as vocational training or financial aid for mobility
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
550,000 job-seekers (registered at Pôle emploi, the French public employment service) are randomized into several treatment or control groups. Control and treated groups are surveyed to collect their beliefs about key parameters of their local labor market. Treated jobseekers are additionally exposed to stylized (charts, text etc...) and personalized (micromarket=profession x local labor market) information at the end of the survey. We separate the treated group into several subgroups that receive different information packages. The information treatments provide distributional moments of wages and tightness and qualitative informationabout mobility along with all pair-wise interactions. The experiment will be implemented from mid-May to end of September 2021.

Using Pole emploi’s rich administrative data and an additional follow-up surveys we analyze the impact of this information on beliefs, job-search behavior and on relevant labor market outcomes.

Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Stratified randomization based on individuals characteristics (unemployment duration, education, micro-market, gender). Randomization will be done on a computer in the offices of the French Public Employment Service.
Randomization Unit
Jobseeker
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
550,000
Sample size: planned number of observations
550,000
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
50,000
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