Empirical Economics

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 153–178 | Cite as

Choice and success of job search methods

  • Andrea WeberEmail author
  • Helmut Mahringer
Original Paper


Job seekers influence the arrival rate of job offers by the choice of search effort and the search methods they use. In this paper we empirically investigate the effect of different search methods on search outcomes. We use unique data on the search behavior of job seekers in Austria, which matches survey information with administrative records. We analyze the quality of job matches in terms of wages and job durations for employed and unemployed workers. We find that the public employment office specializes in the support of low quality workers. For them it is equally efficient as other search channels.


Job search Search channels Selectivity bias 

JEL Classification

J20 J64 C31 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Advanced Studies Stumpergasse 56ViennaAustria
  2. 2.University of California at BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  3. 3.Austrian Institute of Economic ResearchViennaAustria

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