Factorial survey on recruiters’ hiring intentions (LIVES-JOBVUL)

In this factorial survey experiment, 500 personnel managers assessed in 2016 a random set of 12 job-application résumés (vignettes) in Switzerland. They indicated the likelihood that they would invite a given job candidate to an interview and proposed an adequate monthly wage . The randomly varying profiles of candidates (vignettes) were made up of 11 dimensions, including age, gender, national origin, civil status, marital status and number of children. This dataset can be downloaded from the data archive Swissbase, managed by FORS (here).

Used in: Oesch, D. (2020) “Discrimination in the hiring of older jobseekers: Combining a survey experiment with a natural experiment in Switzerland“, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 1-12.

Survey on social networks and access to a job for the unemployed (SOCNET)

This survey is based on a large inflow-sample of all individuals who entered unemployment in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland, between February and April 2012. The unemployed filled in two questionnaires on their social contacts and their job search strategy at the beginning and end of their unemployment spell (during an observation window of 17 months). This dataset contains information on jobseekers’ education, class, nationality, social network, job search method, wages, unemployment duration. It can be downloaded from the data archive Swissbase, managed by FORS (here).

Used in Oesch, D. and von Ow, A. (2017), “Social Networks and Job Access for the Unemployed: Work Ties for the Upper-Middle Class, Communal Ties for the Working Class”, European Sociological Review 33(2): 275-291

Survey on displaced industrial workers (mass displacement in Switzerland)

This survey is based on a sample of over 800 workers who filled in a questionnaire 1.5 to 2.5 years after their lost their job due to plant closure. The dataset contains individual-level information on pre-and post-displacement earnings, employment status, life satisfaction, occupation, commuting, age, nationality, gender, etc. This dataset can be downloaded from the data archive Swissbase, managed by FORS (here).

Used in Oesch, D. and Baumann, I. (2015), “Smooth transition or permanent exit? Evidence on job prospects of displaced industrial workers”, Socio-Economic Review 13(1): 101-123

Dataset on unemployment of in 21 OECD countries, 1991-2006

This dataset in Excel contains country-level information on unemployment, minimum wages, bargaining coverage, union density, wage inequality, benefits, net migration, interest rates.

Used in Oesch, D. (2010), “What explains high unemployment among low-skilled workers? Evidence from 21 OECD countries”, European Journal of Industrial Relations 16, 1: 39-55.

Dataset on flows in and out of union membership in Switzerland

This dataset in Excel contains aggregate information on entries into and exits from union membership in 70 union locals over 2006-8, with variables for sector, employment, unemployment, etc.

Used in Oesch, D. (2012), “Recruitment, retention and exit from union membership. An analysis of member flows in Swiss union locals”, British Journal of Industrial Relations 50 (2): 287–307