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Employability: the employers perspective

A stated-preferences experiment to gain insights into employers’ preferences for specific competencies

research memorandum

ROA report by Bas Aarts and Annemarie Künn-Nelen

ROA conducted a survey of more than 1100 employers at various firms in the Netherlands. It included a stated-preferences experiment in which employers were repeatedly asked to choose between two hypothetical job applicants for a hypothetical vacancy in the most common entry-level job. The two job applicants were said to be identical with the exception of several characteristics that varied randomly within and across the choices. This method allows for causal interpretations about which competencies influence the probability that employers will offer graduates a job, which competencies are most important and which trade-offs employers make between different competencies.

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