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Signaling with Two Correlated Characteristics

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  • Seung Han Yoo

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This paper generalizes the canonical feature of signaling models that signaling costs are negatively correlated with productive capabilities. A worker has two characteristics - signaling cost (low/high) and productive capability (low/high) - each combination of which can be realized with positive probability. The main results identify one key condition to guarantee the existence of a unique (partially) separating equilibrium. This finding has new implications for the role of education or a pre-signaling stage that induces the condition to hold.

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  • Seung Han Yoo, 2016. "Signaling with Two Correlated Characteristics," Discussion Paper Series 1605, Institute of Economic Research, Korea University.
  • Handle: RePEc:iek:wpaper:1605
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    Keywords

    Two correlated characteristics; Signaling;

    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games

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