University of Alberta, Canada
IZA World of Labor role
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Alberta, Canada
Labor economics, search and matching, personnel economics
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Consultant to Human Resources and Social Development Canada
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Alberta (July 2006–June 2012); Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Purdue University (January 2006–June 2006)
PhD Economics, Purdue University, 2005
"Employers’ efforts to deter shirking in teams." Labour: Review of Labor Relations 29:1 (2015): 55–78.
"Search online: Evidence from information acquisition on online job boards and resume banks." Journal of Economic Psychology 42 (2014): 112–125.
"Employers’ online recruitment and screening practices." Economic Inquiry 50:1 (2012): 94–111 (with J. B. Norris).
"On-the-job tasks and performance pay: A vacancy-level analysis." Industrial and Labor Relations Review 63:3 (2010): 511–542 (with J. B. Norris).
"Employers’ hiring practices, employment protection, and costly search: A vacancy- level analysis." Labour Economics 16:5 (2009): 461–479.
While technology has improved sharing and managing information, there are legitimate concerns about the quality of information and its use in recruitmentVera Brencic, August 2021Employers are steadily increasing their reliance on technology when recruiting. On the one hand, this technology enables the wide dissemination of information and the management of large quantities of data at a relatively low cost. On the other hand, it introduces new costs and risks. The ease with which information can be shared, for example, can lead to its unauthorized use and obsolescence. Recruiting technologies are also susceptible to misuse and to biases built into their underlying algorithms. Better understanding of these trade-offs can inform government policies aiming to reduce search frictions in the labor market.MoreLess