The Timing of Signaling: To Study in High School or in College?

23 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2007

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Sanghoon Lee

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Sauder School of Business

Abstract

American students study harder in college than in high school, whereas East Asian students study harder in high school than in college. This article proposes a signaling explanation. Signaling may occur over time both in high school and in college, and societies may differ in the timing of signaling. Students work harder in the signaling stage determined by the society as a whole. A testable implication is that high ability workers in East Asia are more concentrated among a few colleges than their U.S. counterparts. This implication is confirmed by top CEO education profile data in the United States and Korea.

Suggested Citation

Lee, Sanghoon, The Timing of Signaling: To Study in High School or in College?. International Economic Review, Vol. 48, No. 3, pp. 785-807, August 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1000509 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2354.2007.00445.x

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