Self-regulation Training and Job Search Behavior: A Natural Field Experiment Within an Active Labor Market Program

By Vilde Blomhoff Pedersen

14 August 2019 16:08

Self-regulation Training and Job Search Behavior: A Natural Field Experiment Within an Active Labor Market Program

New working paper by Eva M. Berger, Henning Hermes, Guenther Koenig, Felix Schmidt & Daniel Schunk, titled "Self-regulation Training and Job Search Behavior: A Natural Field Experiment Within an Active Labor Market Program".

ABSTRACT:

Existing evidence suggests that self-regulation plays an important role in the job search process and labor market reintegration of unemployed persons. We conduct a randomized natural field experiment embedded in an established labor market reactivation program to examine the causal effect of conducting self-regulation training on the job search behavior of long-term unemployed  participants. Our treatment involves teaching a self regulation strategy based on mental contrasting with implementation intentions (MCII). We find that the treatment has a positive effect on the quality of application documents as well as on the probability of participantssubmitting their documents on time. However,  we do not find a positive effect on labor market reintegration—possibly due to the short-term horizon of the data. Because the intervention is very low cost, a rollout to other programs might have high individual and social rates of return.

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