Hybrid seminar: Stimulating Occupational Mobility among Unemployed Job Seekers
On Tuesday April 18th 2023, Didier Fouarge (ROA, Maastricht University) will give a presentation titled: "Stimulating Occupational Mobility among Unemployed Job Seekers." To attend this seminar, please send an e-mail to Simone Pailer (S.Pailer@cpb.nl). You will be registered at the reception or will receive a Teams-invitation via Outlook.
We study the impact of online information provision to job seekers who are looking for work in occupations with relatively poor labor market prospects. The information is provided through a personalized email containing suggestions about suitable alternative occupations and how the prospects of these alternatives compare to the job seekers’ current occupation of interest. A second treatment adds a motivational video aimed at addressing the psychological hurdles of switching to a different occupation. We evaluate the interventions using a randomized field experiment with 30,129 unemployed job seekers, and we acquire additional descriptive information on beliefs and job search. We find no impact on received benefits and earnings in the first eight months after the treatment. Our findings do indicate that treated individuals are more likely to find jobs in occupations different from their initial occupation of interest, which may be promising for their longer-term prospects.