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Job Market Signalling and Screening: An Experimental Comparison

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  • Kübler, D.
  • Müller, W.
  • Normann, H.T.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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We analyze the Spence education game in experimental markets.We compare a signaling and a screening variant, and we analyze the e®ect of increasing the number of employers from two to three.In all treatments, there is a strong tendency to separate.More efficient workers invest more often and employers bid higher for workers who have invested.More efficient workers also earn higher wages.Employers' pro¯ts are usually not different from zero.Increased competition leads to higher wages only in the signaling sessions.We ¯nd that workers in the screening sessions invest more often and earn higher wages when there are two employers.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2003-124.

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  1. Kübler, D. & Müller, W. & Normann, H.T., 2008. "Job-market signalling and screening: An experimental study," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-347328, Tilburg University.
  2. Alexander K. Koch & Albrecht Morgenstern & Philippe Raab, 2009. "Career concerns incentives: An experimental test," Economics Working Papers 2009-01, School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus.
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