Changes in job aspirations of unemployed who have a job after 1 year of unemployment (right) or of those who are still unemployed (left)

Short project description

The project JUSAW (Jung und auf der Suche nach Arbeit in Wien = Young and searching a job in Vienna) existed from 2014 until 2018. It was lead by Nadia Steiber, Monika Mühlböck, and Bernhard Kittel and cooperated with the Austrian ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection (BMASK) and the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS). Project members included Stefan Vogtenhuber, Stefanie Stadlober, and myself. The project aimed to study the heterogeneous consequences of becoming unemployed in an early age. Study results have been featured in several Austrian media outlets(e.g. @FM4)

The project consisted of three main parts: 1) An initial quantitative survey at the beginning of an unemployment spell (N~1500) combined with a accompanying qualitative study investigating the subjective experience of 36 unemployed young adults in Vienna. 2) A follow up survey one year later of those participating in wave one. This panel survey data was also merged with governmental registry data about details in changes in the labor market status in the past year (this data also included information on registered attempts to apply for a job or participation in state-aided training programmes). 3) A field experiment featuring a small motivational nudge delivered via E-Mail to test the effect of information and externally induced self-reflection on job uptake and unemployment duration.

I joined the project 2018 and had the opportunity to work on the survey and video that contained the main treatments of the field experiment of module 3 of the project. We developed a survey using soscisurvey.de presenting either a short video, a survey or both to roughly 20.000 individuals who got recently unemployed in Austria. Invitations to participate in the survey or to watch the short informational video with tips to improve job search strategies have been send via E-Mail. As the content (survey/video/both) was included in the invitation mail and treatment allocation was randomized we could test whether a nonmaterial incentive in form of a short video would improve survey response rates or reduces response bias - it does not.

Six months after sending out the interventions we linked response data to job registry data to test the effect of the treatments. We find that the treatment combining reflection and information reduces job search duration of young unemployed people with a low level of formal education. The study has been featured as prime example of studies using governmental registry data in Austria. That’s also the source of the following nice looking graph featuring some results of our study. A static english version can be found in our paper.


(2020). What’s the Benefit of a Video? The Effect of Nonmaterial Incentives on Response Rate and Bias in Web Surveys. Social Science Computer Review.


(2021). Information, reflection, and successful job search: A labor market policy experiment. Social Policy & Administration.


Reports (in German) about the results of all modules of the study can be found here.

My colleagues published several papers using data from this project check them out here:

Reaching the unreachables: A panel survey among unemployed young adults in Austria and recommendations on how to decrease nonresponse and attrition

Less Supervision, More Satisficing? Comparing Completely Self-Administered Web-Surveys and Interviews Under Controlled Conditions

The impact of occupational structures on ethnic and gendered employment gaps: An event history analysis using social security register data

Fabian Kalleitner
Fabian Kalleitner
PhD candidate in Sociology

My research interests include tax preferences, biased perceptions, fairness attitudes, and work values. To gather insights in these topics I combine theories and insights of sociology, economics, and psychology using various methodological approaches (i.e. panel surveys, multilevel analyses, survey/field/laboratory experiments) and estimation strategies.