Internet Job Search and Labor Market Outcome

Hazrul Izuan Shahiri, Zulkifly Osman

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Abstract

This study examines the effect of the use of internet job search (IJS) on individual wages. The data utilized in the study are obtained from the Internet and Computer Use Dictionary in the Current Population Survey of September 2001 and October 2003. An Oaxaca Decomposition is used to examine the extent to which wage differences are influenced by IJS. The results show that accessibility to the internet is a crucial factor in the decision of an individual to utilize the internet for job search activities. However, no clear evidence exists that IJS increases individual wages. Additionally, the study also demonstrates that IJS is subject to self-selection bias. Thus, failure to control for self-selection bias results in a very serious bias in estimation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-173
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Economic Journal
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2015

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Labor market outcomes
Job search
World Wide Web
Wages
Self-selection bias
Factors
Current population survey
Internet use
Accessibility
Oaxaca decomposition
Computer use

Keywords

  • Internet
  • job search
  • Oaxaca Decomposition
  • selection bias
  • wage differential

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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Internet Job Search and Labor Market Outcome. / Shahiri, Hazrul Izuan; Osman, Zulkifly.

In: International Economic Journal, Vol. 29, No. 1, 02.01.2015, p. 161-173.

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Shahiri, Hazrul Izuan ; Osman, Zulkifly. / Internet Job Search and Labor Market Outcome. In: International Economic Journal. 2015 ; Vol. 29, No. 1. pp. 161-173.
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