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The value of reference letters (English)

This paper shows that reference letters from former employers alleviate information asymmetries about workers' skills and improve both match quality and equity in the labor market. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8266 DEC 11, 2017

Abel,Simon Martin; Burger,Rulof Petrus; Piraino,Patrizio Disclosed

Bridging the intention-behavior gap ? the effect of plan-making prompts on job search and employment (English)

The paper tests the effects of plan-making on job search and employment. In a field experiment with unemployed youths, participants who complete a detailed job search plan increase the number of job applications submitted (by 15 percent) but not the time spent searching, consistent with intention-behavior gaps observed at baseline. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8181 SEP 06, 2017

Abel,Simon Martin; Carranza,Eliana; Burger,Rulof Petrus; Piraino,Patrizio Disclosed