The Impacts of an Online Job Fair in Bangladesh

Last registered on February 24, 2022

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
The Impacts of an Online Job Fair in Bangladesh
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0009002
Initial registration date
February 20, 2022

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First published
February 24, 2022, 1:02 PM EST

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Florida International University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Asian Development Bank

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2021-09-15
End date
2022-12-31
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
Online job fairs may dramatically reduce search costs and improve labor market outcomes. Online job fairs are much cheaper and more accessible than in-person job fairs. The low cost and high accessibility of online job fairs may particularly cater to jobseekers and firms that are poor and/or in remote areas. We conduct a field experiment to estimate the effects of an online job fair on workers’ labor market outcomes. Partnering with a large online job portal in Bangladesh, we organize an online job fair for ICT jobs, where jobseekers learn job openings, attend employers’ live video presentations, and apply and interview for jobs. The RCT adopts an oversubscription design on jobseeker side: jobseekers are randomly selected as treatment jobseekers (i.e., those who are invited to the fair) and control jobseekers (those who are not).

Note. We conducted a pilot online job fair in February 2021, which registry ID is AEARCTR-0007294.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Hayashi, Ryotaro and Norihiko Matsuda. 2022. "The Impacts of an Online Job Fair in Bangladesh." AEA RCT Registry. February 24. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.9002
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
The intervention is an online job fair for ICT jobs at entry to junior levels. Jobseekers can view and apply for jobs before and during the fair; attend employers’ live presentations; and interview for jobs during and after the fair. All activities take place online through the job fair portal website.

Note. In the same job fair, we run another RCT on a preference signaling mechanism that allows jobseekers to express their interest to employers. This RCT is registered as another study in AEA registry.
Intervention Start Date
2021-11-09
Intervention End Date
2021-11-11

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
[All jobseekers]
- Being employed
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Note. Analyses on the outcome variables for those employed and those looking for jobs will be restricted to subsamples and hence descriptive.

[All jobseekers]
- Reservation wage and aspired wage in 5 years
- Life satisfaction
- Whether looking for a job in last 4 weeks

[Those who are employed]
- Employment quality: (i) whether the current job is fulltime or parttime; (ii) being employed for a wage job except day laborer, intern, probational job, and contractor; (iii) whether the wage job is based on a written contract
- Job match quality: (i) monthly earnings; (ii) hourly wage; (iii) how often worker’s skills are used; (iv) how well worker’s skills fits his/her job; (v) whether a worker is under- or over-qualified; (vi) how interesting the current job is; (vii) how satisfied a worker is with his/her current job; (viii) job tenure

[Those who look for jobs]
- Self-perceived job search prospects: the percent chance of finding a full-time job within 6 months
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
We will create indices of employment quality and job match quality.

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
1. Recruitment and randomization of jobseekers:
1-1. Bdjobs.com send recruitment emails to its users with 0-6 years of experience and also students in ICT-related universities and vocational training programs. The emails advertise the job fair and include an online application URL through which interested jobseekers apply for the fair.

1-2. Based on the online applications submitted by interested jobseekers, we identify jobseekers eligible for this study. The eligibility criteria are (a) that the education level attained or currently enrolled is the university diploma or higher, (b) that a digital device (computer, tablet, or smartphone) and internet access necessary to join the online job fair are available, and (c) that a jobseeker has a Bdjobs.com user account, which is free. If a jobseeker does not have the account, s/he is redirected to a signup page at Bdjobs.com when s/he submits the job fair application.

1-3. We randomly assign eligible jobseekers into the treatment and control groups. The randomization is stratified by geographical divisions.

2. Recruitment and an online baseline survey of employers: By reaching out to firms that are using Bdjobs.com, Bdjobs.com recruits 110 firms interested to participate in the job fair. Each firm advertises one ICT job position at the entry to junior level. All interested firms are requested to take an online baseline survey, and a total of 104 firms submit the survey. Unfortunately, one firm eventually drops out, although its job opening is advertised on the job fair website and receives job applications.

3. Activities prior to the job fair
3-1. Bdjobs.com informs treatment jobseekers, via email, phone, and push notification, that they are selected to the job fair. Then, treatment jobseekers log into the job fair website, browse job openings, and apply for jobs. Note that while anyone can access the website, only treatment jobseekers are allowed to apply for jobs.

3-2. Employers review job applications and, if they want, invite applicants to job interviews. Note that employers can review job applications and schedule interviews during and after the job fair.

4. Activities during the job fair
4-1. 41 employers hold live presentation sessions which can be attended by any treatment jobseekers. Note that it is not mandatory for employers to hold a live presentation session.
4-2. Jobseekers apply for jobs during the fair and until one day after it.
4-3. Employers review job applications and interview candidates. They continue their selection after the job fair.

5. Endline surveys
We will conduct the 1st and 2nd endline surveys approximately 2 and 9 months after the job fair, respectively. The modes of surveys are phone for jobseekers and in-person (or zoom and phone if an in-person survey is infeasible) for employers. The survey samples are all treatment and control jobseekers and all participating employers.

Notes:
- The job fair is free for jobseekers and firms. There are no fees for registration, job application, and job posting.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in Stata
Randomization Unit
Jobseekers
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
2556 jobseekers
Sample size: planned number of observations
2556 jobseekers
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Treatment jobseekers: 1280
Control jobseekers: 1276
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
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IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Office of Research Integrity, Florida International University
IRB Approval Date
2021-08-12
IRB Approval Number
IRB-21-0353