Occupational advice for job seekers in the Netherlands

Last registered on March 17, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Occupational advice for job seekers in the Netherlands
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0007374
Initial registration date
March 17, 2021

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

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

First published
March 17, 2021, 10:32 AM EDT

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

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Erasmus University
PI Affiliation
Cornell University
PI Affiliation
Maastricht University
PI Affiliation
Maastricht University
PI Affiliation
Cornell University

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2021-03-22
End date
2022-10-12
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We study the impact of an information treatment for unemployed job seekers. The treatment consists of a personalized email providing suggestions about suitable alternative occupations, including details on the labor market prospects of these occupations. An extended version of the treatment also adds a motivational video aiming to reduce psychological hurdles of switching to a different occupation. The email will be sent to jobseekers active in occupations with relatively bad labor market prospects and will be accompanied by a pre- and posttreatment survey on labor market beliefs and expectations. Administrative data on outflow to work will be used for an evaluation of long-term impacts.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Belot, Michele et al. 2021. "Occupational advice for job seekers in the Netherlands." AEA RCT Registry. March 17. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.7374
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
see pre-analysis plan
Intervention Start Date
2021-04-12
Intervention End Date
2021-05-12

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
1. Receiving UI benefits
2. Being employed
3. Hours worked
4. Monthly labor earnings
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
see pre-analysis plan
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
The sample contains all jobseekers receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefits in March 2020 that are registered to search primarily in one of 21 selected occupations with particularly bad job finding prospects. Randomly selected, 33% of these job seekers will receive an email containing information on 6 to 10 alternative occupations that fit well in terms of transferable skills and offer substantially better prospects. Another 33% of the sample will receive a similar email that only differs in that it includes an additional short motivational video.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
no clusters
Sample size: planned number of observations
33000 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
11000 individuals in control group, 11000 in treatment 1 group and 11000 in treatment 2 group
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
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IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Research Ethics Review Board VU University Amsterdam, School of Economics and Business (SBE)
IRB Approval Date
2020-05-19
IRB Approval Number
20200428.1.pmr450
Analysis Plan

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