Do Online Labor Market Intermediaries Matter? The Impact of <i>AlmaLaurea</i> on the University-to-Work Transition

Manuel F. Bagues and Mauro Sylos Labini

in Studies of Labor Market Intermediation

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780226032887
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226032900 | DOI:
Do Online Labor Market Intermediaries Matter? The Impact of AlmaLaurea on the University-to-Work Transition

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This chapter evaluates the impact of the availability of electronic labor markets on the university-to-work transition. In particular, the effects of a specific electronic intermediary, the interuniversity consortium AlmaLaurea, on graduates' unemployment, mobility, and matching quality are studied. In a nutshell, AlmaLaurea collects and organizes online information concerning college graduates' curricula and conditional on their permission, sells it to firms in electronic format. The AlmaLaurea recruitment service turns out to be an insightful example concerning how online communication technologies—coupled with more traditional forms of intermediation—might ameliorate the way in which employers and employees match in the labor market. The single characteristic of AlmaLaurea that possibly made it a successful intermediary is also the most unusual—member universities certify the information contained in electronic curricula and also provide some information on the entire population of graduates.

Keywords: electronic labor markets; university-to-work transition; AlmaLaurea; online information; electronic format

Chapter.  10616 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Econometrics and Mathematical Economics

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