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  • 28th Nov 2018

Applying Behavioural Insights to Labour Markets

How behavioural insights can improve employment policies and programmes

Key findings

  • Shifting from compliance to goal-focused job search planning helped job seekers find a job faster
  • Providing tips, CV and cover letter templates helped more people find work within 4 months
  • Blinding recruitment increased the quality of hired candidates by employers

Employment is one of the most important policy areas that governments manage. Yet, it is one with ample room for more use of evidence. Due to location and contextual factors, labour market policies are also often tailored to the economic needs of a country or region. For these reasons, continuous rigorous testing is needed to make sure solutions are appropriate for local needs.

This report looks at the available evidence and draws out the broader insights learned from the work that BIT and others have done in this space, with an eye to what is practical and universal. Its objective is to give policymakers and researchers around the world a starting point for future applications of behavioural insights to labour market policies.

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