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Education and Job Market Signalling: A Comment

  • Massimo Giannini

    (University of Rome Tor Vergata)

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    In this paper the Signalling approach to the explanation of wage differentials is analyzed both under a microeconomic and a macroeconomic viewpoint. Departuring from the classical Spence's model, the introduction of inequalities in accessing to education leads to redistributive effects among workers and firms. Moreover the existence of factors related both to local and to parental externalities greately reduce the informative power of education about individual ability.

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    Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Game Theory and Information with number 9704002.

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    Length: 23 pages
    Date of creation: 17 Apr 1997
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    Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpga:9704002
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