We thank Dan Black for his assistance in providing access to the NLSY97 data.
Is Internet Job Search Still Ineffective?
Article first published online: 4 APR 2014
© 2013 Royal Economic Society
The Economic Journal
Volume 124, Issue 581, pages 1213–1233, December 2014
How to Cite
Kuhn, P. and Mansour, H. (2014), Is Internet Job Search Still Ineffective?. The Economic Journal, 124: 1213–1233. doi: 10.1111/ecoj.12119
- Issue published online: 9 DEC 2014
- Article first published online: 4 APR 2014
- Accepted manuscript online: 7 DEC 2013 03:12AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Received: 5 SEP 2012
Using National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY97) data for 2005–8, we find that unemployed persons who look for work online are re-employed about 25% faster than comparable workers who do not search online. This finding contrasts with previous results for 1998–2001, and is robust to controls for cognitive test scores and detailed indicators of Internet access. Internet job search (IJS) appears to be most effective in reducing unemployment durations when used to contact friends and relatives, to send out resumes or fill out applications and also to look at advertisements. We detect a weak positive relationship between IJS and wage growth between jobs.