Providing advice to jobseekers at low cost: An experimental study on online advice

Michèle Belot, Philipp Kircher, Paul Muller

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We develop and evaluate experimentally a novel tool that redesigns the job search process by providing tailored advice at lowcost.We invited jobseekers to our computer facilities for twelve consecutive weekly sessions to search for real jobs on our web interface. For one-half, instead of relying on their own search criteria, we use readily available labour market data to display relevant alternative occupations and associated jobs. The data indicate that this broadens the set of jobs they consider and increases their job interviews especially for participants who otherwise search narrowly and have been unemployed for a few months.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1411-1447
Number of pages37
JournalReview of Economic Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Occupational breadth
  • Online job search
  • Search design

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