The Impacts of a Pilot-Run Virtual Job Fair for Recent College Graduates in Bangladesh

Last registered on March 04, 2021

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Trial Information

General Information

Title
The Impacts of a Pilot-Run Virtual Job Fair for Recent College Graduates in Bangladesh
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0007294
Initial registration date
March 03, 2021

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It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
March 04, 2021, 6:37 AM EST

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Asian Development Bank

Other Primary Investigator(s)

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2020-11-25
End date
2021-06-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We conduct a pilot run of a virtual job fair in Bangladesh. The fair is organized for recent graduates from a large public agricultural university and participated by agro-industry firms. During the fair, each participating firm holds a live video session in which the firm explains its business and job openings and answers questions from participating jobseekers. Job applications and interviews are made through the online platform of the fair. This RCT adopts an oversubscription design: we first ask graduates if they are interested in the fair and then randomly select a half of the interested graduates to invite to the fair. We collect baseline and follow-up survey data of the college graduates to estimate the impacts of the fair on their employment outcomes.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Hayashi, Ryotaro. 2021. "The Impacts of a Pilot-Run Virtual Job Fair for Recent College Graduates in Bangladesh." AEA RCT Registry. March 04. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.7294
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
The intervention is a virtual job fair that is organized for recent graduates from a large public agricultural university and participated by agro-industry firms. Each participating firm holds a live video session in which the firm explains its business and job openings and answers questions from jobseekers. On the virtual job fair website, participating jobseekers can view and apply for participating firms’ job openings.

Adopting an oversubscription design, we randomize the intervention across the graduates who expressed the interest in the fair. Jobseekers in the treatment group are invited to the fair, while control-group jobseekers are not.
Intervention Start Date
2021-02-17
Intervention End Date
2021-02-18

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Note: The letters and numbers in parentheses indicate the questions in the follow-up questionnaire based on which the outcome variables will be constructed.
- Being employed (C1)
- Being employed for a permanent full-time job (C2, C3)
- Earnings (C4)
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Notes. (1) Since these outcomes are secondary and intend to understand additional and/or detailed effects, multiple hypothesis testing adjustment will be conducted separately for the primary and the secondary outcomes. (2) Analyses on the outcome variables for those who are employed and those who are unemployed will use the subsamples of the employed and the unemployed, respectively. Hence, the analyses will be descriptive.

[All graduates in the sample]
- Whether looking for a job in last 4 weeks (D2)
- Reservation wage and wage aspiration (D7, D8)
- Life satisfaction (D9)

[For those who are employed]
- Formal employment (being employed on the basis of a written contract, C6)
- Job satisfaction (C11)
- Job match quality (C9 and C10)

[For those who are unemployed]
- Self-perceived job search prospects: likelihood of getting a job in next 6 months (D5); the expected number of weeks until having a permanent job (D6)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
1. We contact recent graduates over the phone and ask if they are interested in the virtual job fair and also if they have access to an electronic device, such as computer and smartphone, and the internet that are necessary to join the fair. A total of 1248 graduates express their interest and have the necessary digital environment. (1255 graduates are interested, only 7 of whom do not have the digital device or the internet.)

2. We conduct a baseline survey of all the 1248 interested graduates over the phone. The baseline survey interview is conducted in the same call as the recruitment call (step 1): that is, if a graduate is interested and has the necessary digital environment, an enumerator continues to ask the baseline survey questions.

3. The 1248 interested graduates are randomly assigned to the treatment and control groups. Treatment graduates are invited to the fair, while control graduates are not. The randomization is at the individual level. There are 625 and 623 graduates in the treatment and control groups, respectively.

4. The job fair’s organizer, which is a firm that runs an online job portal, opens a virtual job fair website. On the website, jobseekers can view participating firms’ profiles and job advertisements and apply for jobs. Twenty-four agro-industry firms participate and advertise a total of 38 positions for the fair.

5. Of the 625 graduates in the treatment group, 283 sign up for the job fair.

6. Approximately three months after the job fair, we conduct a follow-up survey of all the 1248 graduates over the phone.
Experimental Design Details
- The job fair is free for both jobseekers and firms. There are no fees for registration, job application, and job posting.
- While the organizer has extensive experience in organizing in-person job fairs, it has never conducted a fair virtually. This job fair is a pilot run.
- The recruitment of interested graduates and the baseline survey took place between November 25, 2020 and January 10, 2021.
- The job fair was originally scheduled to be in January 2021, and graduates were explained so during the recruitment calls. However, because the recruitment and the baseline survey and also the coordination with participating firms took longer than expected, the job fair was delayed and conducted on February 17, 2021. This delay caused a substantial window period between the recruitment and the job fair. This might be a reason for the low take-up rate (=283/625).
- Treatment graduates are invited and informed of the exact date of the fair on a very short notice. The organizer sent the first invitation emails to treatment graduates on February 13, 2021, after which the organizer made phone calls and emails several times until the morning of the job fair date, February 17, 2021. This short notice might be another reason for the low take-up rate.
- The follow-up survey is scheduled in May 2021.
Randomization Method
Randomization done in Stata. The randomization is at the jobseeker level and stratified by (i) gender, (ii) geographical division, (iii) type of place of residence (i.e., urban or rural), and (iv) whether a jobseeker has never used any online job portal, or has used the online job portal of the job fair’s organizer, or has used online job portals other than the organizer’s job portal.
Randomization Unit
The unit of randomization is individual.
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
1248 jobseekers
Sample size: planned number of observations
1248 jobseekers
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
625 and 623 jobseekers in the treatment and control groups, respectively.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
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