An Empirical Test of the Heckman and Rubinstein GED Mixed-Signal: Evidence from Prison
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Daniel Houser ()
No 1007, Working Papers from George Mason University, Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science
Economists have begun to embrace the notion, already accepted by the market, that GEDs and High School Diplomas signal similar cognitive abilities, but different non-cognitive abilities. To better understand this phenomenon and its implications, this paper presents a study of an education environment, prison, which provides natural controls for non-cognitive abilities. The study reveals similarities in decisions between the two types of agents that are surprising in light of decisions made in standard educational environments. The results support the mixed-signal theory and furthermore suggest that stricter enforcement of discipline and other non-cognitive attributes may help to reduce dropout rates in non-prison educational facilities.
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Date: 2008-10, Revised 2008-10
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