Dec. 2, 2009

Survey Research Institute, Princeton partner on new poll

Researchers at the Survey Research Institute at Cornell, in collaboration with Princeton University and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, are currently conducting a survey of unemployed workers in New Jersey.

Participants in the study are asked to complete a baseline survey and then a short online interview each week for a period of 12 weeks. The weekly online interview includes questions related to job search activities and job offers, as well as a time use diary in which respondents recount how they spent their time the previous day.

Existing time use studies focus on the general population and usually provide only a snapshot of one or two days of a person's life. This study is unique in that it attempts to follow unemployed workers over the duration of their unemployment.

The data collected from the weekly follow-up interviews will allow researchers to tackle new and interesting questions -- in particular, the researchers will examine how the job search strategies and the time spent on job search activities changes as the workers remain unemployed.

The week-by-week nature of the survey also promises a better understanding of which job search methods are most effective in finding employment.

The project is funded by the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton.