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May 06, 2014
Rand Ghayad Presents at MIT Unemployment Conference

Brattle associate Dr. Rand Ghayad recently presented his research on long-term unemployment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s conference, “The Crisis of Long Term Unemployment: What can be done?” which took place May 6, 2014 in Cambridge, MA.

Dr. Ghayad’s presentation, “The Jobless Trap,” shed light on the current state of unemployment rates, with a particular focus on the negative economic effects of long-term unemployment. The presentation highlights the results of his field experiment, in which he created and sent 4,800 résumés for fictitious workers to real job openings and tracked responses from potential employers. The study found an appearance of discrimination in the job market against the long-term unemployed; jobseekers who have no relevant skills but are short-term unemployed received more interview requests than those with relevant work experience who have been out of work for more than six months. The study concluded that employers’ recruiting practices are an important factor for why jobseekers with long non-employment spells find it more difficult to land jobs.

Dr. Ghayad’s experiment has been widely cited as a leading source of evidence in addressing the current state of unemployment and was recently featured in articles by Forbes, NPR, and Gallup.

For more information, or to view Dr. Ghayad’s presentation, please visit the conference website.