- A Field Experiment on Labor Market Speeddates for Unemployed
Workers (with Bas van der Klaauw)
We conduct a randomized field experiment to evaluate the effectiveness of speeddate events at which unemployed workers get in contact with private employment agencies. Using administrative data, we find that participation in such an event has an immediate positive impact on job finding. One month after the speeddates, treated participants are 20 percent more likely to be employed. Effects last about one year, indicating that temporary jobs at private employment agencies do not serve as stepping stones toward subsequent employment. We find that the UI administration saves about 400 euros per invited job seeker on benefits payments, while the organization of the speeddate events costs only about 4 euros per invited job seeker. Additional survey evidence collected shortly after the events shows that treated job seekers report lower reservation wages and higher job search motivation. Our results point towards the presence of substantial search frictions in the labor market for unemployed benefit recipients.
- Can Educational Expansion of Parents Explain Polarised Earnings
of Children? (with Bas van der Klaauw and Erik Plug)
This paper examines the impact of educational expansion on assortative mating and its effect on the earnings distribution of future generations. We show that higher college shares can lead to stronger assortative mating on the marriage market although preferences over the partner's education remain constant. If education is positively related to unobserved ability, a larger degree of educational assortative mating induces higher similarity of spouses, which can have substantial impact on the income distribution of their children. Using intergenerational data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, we find that the model can largely replicate observed trends in college education and earnings.
- Mismatch on the Labor Market - Benefit Schemes and Work Incentives (work in progress)
- Do Parental Networks Pay Off? Linking Children's Labor-Market
Outcomes to their Parents' Friends. (with Bas van der Klaauw and
Erik Plug) Scandinavian Journal of Economics (forthcoming)
This paper examines whether children are better off if their parents have more elaborate social networks. Using data on high-school friendships of parents, we analyze whether the number and characteristics of friends affect the labor market outcomes of children. While parental friendships formed in high school appear long lasting, we find no significant impact on their children's occupational choices and earnings prospects. These results do not change when we account for network endogeneity, network persistency and network measurement error. Only when children enter the labor market, friends of parents have a marginally significant but small influence on their occupational choice.