Does online search improve the match quality of new hires?

Published: 28 May 2021
Author: Gerard J. van den Berg, And Nicole Gürtzgen, And Laura Pohlan, And Benjamin Lochner, And

This paper studies the effects of the high-speed internet expansion on the match quality of new hires. We combine data on internet availability at the local level with German individual register and vacancy data. Results show that internet availability has no major impact on the stability of new matches and their wages. We confirm these findings using vacancy data, by explicitly comparing match outcomes of online and non-online recruits. Further results show that online recruiting not only raises the number of applicants and the share of unsuitable candidates per vacancy, but also induces employers to post more vacancies.

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IFAU Working paper 2021:8 Does online search improve the match quality of new hires? is written by Gerard J. van den Berg, University of Groningen, IFAU; Nicole Gürtzgen IAB, University of Regensburg; Benjamin Lochner University of Erlangen-Nüurnberg and Laura Pohlan IAB.

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