7th LISER and IDSC of IZA Workshop: Matching Workers and Jobs Online - New Developments and Opportunities for Social Science and Practice
September 26, 2024 - September 27, 2024

7th LISER and IDSC of IZA Workshop: Matching Workers and Jobs Online - New Developments and Opportunities for Social Science and Practice

September 26, 2024 - September 27, 2024
Belval Campus, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
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Organizers: Nikos Askitas (IZA), Michela Bia (LISER), Anna Dober (LISER), Christina Gathmann (LISER and IZA), Peter J. Kuhn (UC Santa Barbara and IZA)
Submission Deadline: June 15, 2024
Notification of Acceptance: June 30, 2024
Event Manager: Dominik Spitza

Keynote Speakers

Amanda Agan (Cornell University)
Thomas Le Barbanchon (Bocconi University)
Barbara Petrongolo (University of Oxford)

About the Conference

Like many forms of economic exchange, the process of matching workers to jobs has rapidly migrated online in recent years which is reflected in the rising popularity of platforms like Indeed or LinkedIn. Thus, understanding how online labor matching mechanisms work; how they affect economic outcomes like employment, wages and inequality; and learning how to take advantages of the ‘big data’ that are generated by online markets all have important implications for the future of labor. To address these issues, we invite paper submissions on the following topics:

  • The effectiveness of the new internet-based job search methods, both relative to more traditional forms of job search and to each other.
  • Descriptive studies of how workers and firms look for each other online: How do firms craft job ads? How do workers search for jobs over time? To what extent are recruiting and job search ‘batch’ or sequential processes? How effectively do job ads direct applications? What is the role of informal networks and referrals, both on- and off-line, in the labor search and matching process? What does all this descriptive information mean for theoretical models of labor market search and matching?
  • Experimental and other studies of online search with the potential to improve the efficiency of online matching. Examples include improving job and worker categorizations, better algorithmic recommendations, certification of worker qualifications, online reviews of employers and workers, and increasing the information content of postings (for example adding information on the number of competing applicants).
  • Using data derived from online labor market matching processes to study key research questions in labor economics, including minimum wages, labor market dynamics, discrimination, the effects of unemployment insurance, and trends in the types of skills demanded.
  • The potential for data from online labor market matching process to supplement existing publicly-available data on labor market trends and conditions. Examples include measuring and forecasting local, national and occupation-level unemployment and vacancy rates, forecasting labor market shortages and ‘bottlenecks’, and informing educational and training institutions about emerging skill needs.
  • Other topics related to the online matching of workers and firms e.g. related to consequences of job search and matching for worker’s careers , biases, policies, vulnerable groups, minorities, gender, the low-skilled etc.

Please find more information in last year's programs: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023.


Please submit extended abstracts by June 15, 2024 using the online application form. Notifications will be sent by June 30, 2024.

Travel and Accommodation

Those authors who are invited are expected to participate in the entire workshop. Economy class travel and 2 nights of lodging for presenting authors and discussants will be covered according to the LISER Reimbursement Guidelines.

Kindly note that tax regulations prohibit LISER from fully reimbursing the travel expenses of conference participants who combine their trip with other destinations or extend their stay beyond the four-day window surrounding the event.

Please contact Anna Dober (anna.dober@liser.lu) for all questions on local arrangements.


If you are interested in the workshop feel free to sign up to live-stream the event. We welcome to share this call for papers with other interested researchers.

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