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Policy Insights in Labor Markets

J-PAL’s Labor Markets sector focuses on helping people access quality work. Our policy insight below summarizes general lessons from randomized evaluations on reducing search barriers for jobseekers. 

Marianne Bertrand (University of Chicago Booth School of Business) and Bruno Crépon (ENSAE and École Polytechnique), Labor Markets Co-Chairs


Teaching business skills to support microentrepreneurs

Last updated: December 2019
Business skills training programs increased microentrepreneurs’ use of business best practices, but in most cases, there were no significant changes in their profits. Alternative programs that are tailored to participants’ needs or foster an entrepreneurial mindset have shown more promising results than traditional programs. Read More

Changing resumes to reduce hiring discrimination

Last updated: February 2019
Randomized evaluations show strong evidence of hiring discrimination against minority and underrepresented groups in many countries, with most evidence so far coming from developed countries. Where it has been tested using randomization, removing identifying information on job applications had perverse effects on minority applicants if firms were already more likely to hire them or if firms discriminated on other characteristics after some information was removed, but more research is needed. Read More
Jóvenes trabajan en sus postulaciones de trabajo. Photo: Aude Guerrucci | J-PAL

Reducing search barriers for jobseekers

Last updated: April 2018
Programs focused on reducing job search barriers often improve jobseekers’ employment outcomes. These programs can help jobseekers identify where and how to look for jobs, encourage increased search effort, and help communicate qualifications to employers. Read More

Sector Chairs

Bruno Crépon


Sector Contacts

Lisa Corsetto

Lisa Corsetto

Senior Policy Associate

[email protected]
(617) 324-4465