Using Employer Hiring Behavior to Test the Educational Signaling Hypothesis

21 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2001

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James Albrecht

Georgetown University - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Jan C. van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

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Date Written: November 2001

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

JEL Classification: I20

Suggested Citation

Albrecht, James W. and van Ours, Jan C., Using Employer Hiring Behavior to Test the Educational Signaling Hypothesis (November 2001). IZA Discussion Paper No. 399. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=291722

James W. Albrecht

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