Is Education Used as a Signaling Device for Productivity in Developing Countries? Evidence from Ghana
Ecole Polytechnique, Paris - Department of Economic Sciences; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 683
This paper investigates whether education is used as a signaling device for worker productivity in developing countries. To do such we employ a simple test of employer learning on Ghana manufacturing data. We find no evidence of educational signaling for individuals who were hired through direct contacts in the firm, and thus for workers for which employers arguably have more information about their true abilities. In contrast, education acts as signal for workers who were hired through more formal channels, although only for those that do not receive on-the-job-training.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 18
Keywords: Educational Sorting, On-the-job-training, Ghana
JEL Classification: 012, J30working papers series
Date posted: February 7, 2003
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