DCID faculty affiliate Robert Garlick’s recent collaboration with RTI International and the University of Alberta was the topic of a Duke Chronicle article this January.
The working paper, “Linkedin(to) Job Opportunities: Experimental Evidence from Job Readiness Training,” focused on low-income South African and Rwandan youth. Researchers found that jobseekers who used LinkedIn were 10% more likely to obtain employment versus their non-LinkedIn counterparts because LinkedIn helped equalize the playing field for less experienced young people might otherwise be invisible to potential employers.
Since October 2018, Duke has partnered with RTI International through the Global Development Initiative, which aims to leverage both organizations’ diverse expertise and capabilities, and build on existing collaborations, to make a global impact and fulfill their complementary global missions. Garlick is an assistant professor in the Economics department and previously worked as a post-doc in the World Bank Development Research Group. His research has focused on development economics and human capital, most recently with a focus on human capital in the labor market. One of his key collaborators, Eric Johnson, leads RTI’s workforce research and directs the Center for Global Youth Employment.
The paper caught the attention of Chronicle writer John Markis, who summarized the paper and asked Garlick whether the findings might yield advice for jobseekers at Duke.