Job Search - an Information Experiment

Last registered on September 13, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Job Search - an Information Experiment
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0008179
Initial registration date
September 12, 2021
Last updated
September 13, 2021, 11:17 PM EDT

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Beijing Normal University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Beijing Normal University

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2021-09-13
End date
2023-12-31
Secondary IDs
National Natural Science Foundation of China (Project No. 71973016), the Beijing National Natural Science Foundation (Project No. 9192013)
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
We conduct a field experiment on a large Chinese online job board and analyze the effect of information provision and goal setting on the job search behavior of job seekers.
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Registration Citation

Citation
He, Haoran and Marcus Roel. 2021. "Job Search - an Information Experiment ." AEA RCT Registry. September 13. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.8179-1.0
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
n/a
Intervention Start Date
2021-09-13
Intervention End Date
2021-12-31

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
- Future posterior beliefs: beliefs about the level of competition in their occupation after the intervention.

- Search effort: number of applications made following the intervention, number of job ads read but not applied to (if data from job board is available), time spent searching for jobs on the job board (if data available).
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
n/a

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
- Goals: intended daily number of applications.

- Reservation wage: proxied by the wage offers of jobs that the job seeker applies for.

- Occupation switching: proportion of applications made in the intended occupation, etc.

- Job search outcomes: employers’ responses to job seekers’ application (if data from job board is available); number of interviews, number of offers, whether a job was accepted, accepted wage, etc. (elicited in the follow-up survey and subject to strong attrition).
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
n/a

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We conduct a field experiment on a large Chinese online job board and analyze the effect of information provision and goal setting on job seekers’ search behavior.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization is done by the online survey system. We stratify based on job seekers intended occupation (elicited as the first question of the survey).
Randomization Unit
The unit of randomization is at the individual job-seeker level.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
We cluster by intended occupations. The planned number of clusters is 54.
Sample size: planned number of observations
20 000 job seekers
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
20 000/4
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
As the sample is large enough, power for economically significant effects is not a concern. But if needed, we will do so later after the data is collected and standard deviations are known.
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Beijing Normal University Business School IRB
IRB Approval Date
2021-09-01
IRB Approval Number
BNU-BS-IRB 2021-036
Analysis Plan

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