Job Search in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Project partners: Nico Pestel (IZA), Maria Balgova (IZA), Simon Trenkle (IZA), Christian Zimpelmann (IZA)

This project studies beliefs about job finding probabilities and actual job search behavior during the Covid-19 pandemic using rich panel data from the Netherlands. The researchers focus on unemployed individuals but also elicit beliefs about job finding rates for the employed in hypothetical settings and for respondents who expect to lose their job in the near future. The study also surveys the importance of a wide range of job characteristics and examines how these may have changed due to the pandemic.