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Using Employer Hiring Behaviour to Test the Educational Signalling Hypothesis

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  • Albrecht, James
  • van Ours, Jan C

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This Paper presents a test of the educational signalling 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.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 2968.

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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:2968

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  1. Weber, Andrea & Mahringer, Helmut, 2002. "Choice and Success of Job Search Methods," Economics Series 125, Institute for Advanced Studies.
  2. Oppedisano, Veruska, 2014. "Higher education expansion and unskilled labour market outcomes," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 205-220.
  3. Armin Falk & Rafael Lalive & Josef Zweimüller, . "The Sucess of Job Applications: A New Approach to Program Evaluation," IEW - Working Papers 131, Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich.
  4. Schettkat, Ronald & Yocarini, Lara, 2001. "Education Driving the Rise in Dutch Female Employment: Explanations for the Increase in Part-time Work and Female Employment in the Netherlands, Contrasted with Germany," IZA Discussion Papers 407, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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