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McDonald, Steve & Crew, Robert E., Jr. (2006). Welfare to Web to Work: Internet Job Searching among Former Welfare Clients in Florida. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 33(1), 239-253.


This study provides the first empirical test of whether searching for jobs on the Internet can help people gain access to high quality jobs. Using new data from former welfare clients in Florida, we present results from a multivariate regression analysis of Internet job searching on wages and on a number of job benefits. On average, Internet job searchers receive better jobs than people who conducted more traditional job searches, net of numerous control variables. These findings suggest that welfare recipients have a great deal to gain from searching for their jobs on the Internet.

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Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare


McDonald, Steve
Crew, Robert E., Jr.