This study investigates the causal impacts of integrating mobile phone technologies into traditional public labor-market intermediation services on employment outcomes. By providing faster, cheaper and up-to-date information on job vacancies via SMS, mobile phone technologies might affect the rate at which offers arrive as well as the probability of receiving a job offer. We implement a social experiment with multiple treatments that allows us to investigate both the role of information channels (digital versus non-digital) and information sets (restricted [public] versus unrestricted [public/private]). The results show positive and significant short-term effects on employment for public labor-market intermediation. While the impacts from traditional labor-market intermediation are not large enough to be statistically significant, the unrestricted digital treatment group shows statistically significant short-term employment effects. As for potential matching efficiency gains, the results suggest no statistically significant effects associated with either information channels or information sets. JEL classification codes: I3, J2

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Keywords Field experiments, ICT, Labor-market intermediation, Mobile phones, Peru
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Journal IZA Journal of Labor and Development
Dammert, A, Galdo, J, & Galdo, V. (Virgilio). (2015). Integrating mobile phone technologies into labor-market intermediation: a multi-treatment experimental design. IZA Journal of Labor and Development, 4(1). doi:10.1186/s40175-015-0033-7