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Job Search on the Internet, E-Recruitment, and Labor Market Outcomes [29 September 2010]

By: Farrukh Suvankulov


[full-text, 143 pages]



Over the past decade, Internet penetration rates have been on a sharp rise.

The Internet has significantly changed the job application process and

improved the channels of communication between employers and job-seekers.

Yet despite significant interest in the topic, past studies offer little

evidence on the role of the Internet in the job search process and its

impact on labor market outcomes.


This study uses cross-sectional and panel data from the United States,

Germany, and South Korea, as well as a U.S. Army personnel dataset. The

first part of the dissertation builds a demographic and socio-economic

profile of Internet job-seekers and assesses how this profile has evolved

since late 1990s. Findings from the United States (1998–2003), Germany

(2003–2007) and South Korea (1999–2006) indicate that use of the Internet

for job search purposes has been correlated with a set of demographic and

socio-economic observables: Internet job-seekers tend to be younger and to

have higher incomes and levels of educational attainment. The study also

finds that minority job-seekers in the United States and immigrant jobseekers

in the United States and Germany are less likely to use the



The second part of this dissertation provides an estimate of the impact of

job search on the Internet on the likelihood of finding a job and ending an

unemployment spell. The analysis indicates that Internet use increases the

likelihood of 12-month reemployment by 5.0–7.1 percentage points. The

results from South Korea and Germany remain statistically significant in

the models with instrumental variables. The effect on the reemployment

probability is more prominent in earlier years (1998 in the United States,

1999–2000 in South Korea). Furthermore, use of the Internet significantly

increases the hazard of ending an unemployment spell in Germany and South



The last part of the dissertation focuses on the relationship between

Internet recruitment and posterior job performance in the context of the

U.S. Army. The results show that recruits hired via the Internet

demonstrate favorable patterns of service. In comparison with other

soldiers, they are less likely to drop out within the first 24 months of

service, more likely to reenlist after the first term of service, and have

a faster pace of one-grade promotion and longer duration of service..



Chapter One:

Introduction, Research Questions, and Policy Relevance


Chapter Two:



Chapter Three:

Profile and Evolution of Online Job-Seekers


Chapter Four:

The Internet and Job Search Outcomes


Chapter Five:

Internet Recruitment and Employment Outcomes


Chapter Six:

Discussion and Policy Implications


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