Peter Kuhn on the internet as a labor market matchmaker

Since the internet’s earliest days, firms and workers have used various online methods to advertise and find jobs. Until recently there has been little evidence that any internet-based tool has had a measurable effect on job search or recruitment outcomes. However, recent studies, and the growing use of social networking as a business tool, suggest workers and firms are at last developing ways to use the internet as an effective matchmaking tool. In addition, job boards are also emerging as important for the statistical study of labor markets, yielding useful data for firms, workers, and policymakers.

Read more in an article for IZA World of Labor watch this video interview with author, Peter Kuhn (IZA Visiting Research Fellow from UC Santa Barbara).

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