End-line Data Collection Surveys for a Randomized Controlled Trial on a Virtual Job Fair and Job Preference Signaling in ICT Sector

Principal Investigator

1. Dr. Norihiko Matsuda, Department of Economics, Florida International University (FIU), USA.

2. Mr. Ryotaro Hayashi, Social Sector Economist, Human and Social Development Division, South Asia Department, ADB

Project Area

Overall Bangladesh 

Project Background

Despite several potential economic and social advantages especially during this Covid-19 pandemic time, virtual job fairs are rarely conducted in Bangladesh and other developing countries, and their effectiveness is unknown. Hence, by conducting a randomized control trial (RCT) under the joint initiative between the Asian Development Bank, a Bangladesh online job platform, Bdjobs.com, and a research team of Florida International University, this study aims to rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of virtual job fairs in Bangladesh. Additionally, this study aims to evaluate the impacts of a job preference signaling mechanism that allows job applicants to credibly express their true interests to employers.

The ADB has chosen MOMODa FOUNDATION, which is a research-oriented development organization in Bangladesh, as the survey firm for its rich experience in project implementation in collaboration with international academic and research institutions. The MOMODa Foundation conducted two end-line surveys of employers and job seekers as the survey firm.

1st end-line survey (December 2021 -January 2022) and 2nd end-line survey (July-August 2022) have been conducted on 110 employers and 2560 jobseekers (1280 treatment and 1280 control) based on a telephonic survey of the job seekers and in-person interviews of the employers. 

Project Description

Project Objectives:

The purpose of the study was to rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of virtual job fairs and job preference signaling.

Sample Size:

110 employers and 2560 job seekers participated in the ICT virtual job fair organized jointly by Bdjobs.com, FIU, and ADB.

Data Collection:

110 employers and 2560 jobseekers (1280 treatment and 1280 control) participated in the study. 1st end-line survey has been conducted from December 2021 to January 2022 and 2nd end-line survey has been conducted from July to August 2022.

Project Outcome:

This study will help improve future virtual job fairs and job search platforms.