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RETURNS TO SCHOOLING: SKILLS ACCUMULATION OR INFORMATION REVELATION?

Steven Koch () and S. Ssekabira Ntege ()
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S. Ssekabira Ntege: Department of Transportation, South Africa

No 200812, Working Papers from University of Pretoria, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper explores the degree to which imperfect information in the labour market regarding worker quality is likely to impact employment opportunities, as well as the wages associated with those opportunities. The primary purpose of this paper is to provide preliminary empirical evidence that market imperfections exist in South Africa's labour market, that those imperfections could be based on asymmetric private information, and that market participants pursue information gathering and revelation strategies to help mitigate the negative effects of the information asymmetries.

Keywords: Information asymmetry; signalling; screening; returns education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D81 D82 I21 J23 J24 J31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages
Date: 2008-06
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