Training Jobseekers to Address Labour Shortages: An Experimental Study on Information Barriers
SpeakerElisabeth Leduc (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
LocationErasmus University Rotterdam, Lounge/kitchen E Building floor E1 Rotterdam
Date and time
March 02, 2023
12:00 - 13:00
We explore whether better information can induce more jobseekers to reskill in occupations that are in shortage. To do so, we implement a large-scale field experiment in cooperation with a Public Employment Service, in which we inform 100,000 recently unemployed jobseekers about shortage occupations and available training programs. Using survey and administrative data, we estimate the effect of this low-cost information intervention on training intentions and enrolment, as well as job search and employment. Our findings show that although the treatment email increased intentions to enrol in trainings, it had limited effects on actual training behaviour or employment.