Digital Labor-Market Intermediation and Job Expectations: Evidence from a Field Experiment

17 Pages Posted: 18 May 2013

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Ana Dammert

McMaster University; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

José Galdo

Syracuse University - Department of Economics; IZA Bonn

Virgilio Galdo

Michigan State University - Economics

Abstract

Subjective expectations are fundamental for understanding individual behavior. Yet, little is known about how individuals use new information to formulate and update their subjective expectations. In this study, we exploit data from a multi-treatment field experiment to investigate how job-market information sent to jobseekers via short text messages (SMS) influence subjective job gain expectations in Peru. Results show that jobseekers who received digital intermediation based on a large information set increased their before-after job gain expectations relative to the control group. Independently of the information channel, no significant effects were found when labor-market intermediation is based on a restricted (short) set of information.

Keywords: subjective expectations, labor-market intermediation, ICT, field experiments, Peru

JEL Classification: I3, J2

Suggested Citation

Dammert, Ana and Galdo, José and Galdo, Virgilio, Digital Labor-Market Intermediation and Job Expectations: Evidence from a Field Experiment. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7395, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2266822 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2266822

Ana Dammert (Contact Author)

McMaster University ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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José Galdo

Syracuse University - Department of Economics ( email )

Syracuse, NY 13244-1020
United States

IZA Bonn

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Germany

Virgilio Galdo

Michigan State University - Economics ( email )

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United States
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