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Using Employer Hiring Behavior to Test the Educational Signaling Hypothesis

James Albrecht () and Jan van Ours ()

No 399, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Abstract: This paper presents a test of the educational signaling hypothesis. If employers use education as a signal in the hiring process, they will rely more on education when less is otherwise known about applicants. We find that employers are more likely to lower educational standards when an informal, more informative recruitment channel is used, so we conclude that education is used as a signal in the hiring process.

Keywords: Recruitment; signaling (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2001-11
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Published in: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2006, 108 (3), 361-372

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