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Research | Impact of company selection ability on labor markets
May 20, 2023
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Cai Xiaoming

Peking University, May 20, 2023: Recently, Cai Xiaoming, associate professor at Peking University HSBC Business School (PHBS), published a collaborative paper titled “Meetings and Mechanisms” in the International Economic Review. The paper, featured in Volume 64, Issue 1 (pp. 155-185), delves into the potential impact of companies' improved ability to select job candidates on the overall labor market.
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New issue of the International Economic Review

The International Economic Review is known as “one of the leading journals in economics in the world.” It was founded in 1960 by Lawrence Robert Klein, professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Nobel laureate in economics, and Michio Morishima, a professor at Osaka University in Japan.

With the advent of information technology, modern enterprises have become adept at accurately selecting job seekers. For instance, some companies employ online career tests, assigning a quantitative score to each applicant based on their responses. This score is calculated by correlating feedback from current employees with their job performance.

This technological innovation in human resources raises an important question: What is the impact on the labor market, particularly for workers with diverse skills?

Cai's research reveals that companies are no longer worried about highly skilled applicants being overshadowed by those with lower skills. To avoid recruitment failures, positions targeting high-skilled workers encourage a broad range of applications. However, this reduces the chances for low-skilled workers to secure employment, consequently lowering their expectations for labor market returns.

The methods outlined in the published paper offer a fresh approach to comprehending the challenges brought by new techniques in the labor market, which can incorporate various practical factors into the framework of job seeking and matching models.


Written by: Fu Jiaqi
Edited by: Dennis Meng
Source: PKU News (Chinese)