ERIC Number: EJ743706
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Evidence on the Relationship between Firm-Based Screening and the Returns to Education
Brown, Sarah; Sessions, John G.
Economics of Education Review, v25 n5 p498-509 Oct 2006
We explore the relationship between the signalling role of education and direct screening measures adopted by employers using a matched employee-employer data set drawn from the 1998 "Workplace Employee Relations Survey" for Great Britain. We identify which firms use personality/attitude and/or performance/competency tests during the hiring process and, by combining this and other firm level information with employee level characteristics, investigate whether such tests affect the signalling role of education. Our results suggest that hiring tests inhibit the signalling role of education, and that a failure to control for such tests may bias estimates of the returns to education.
Descriptors: Role of Education, Screening Tests, Employer Employee Relationship, Foreign Countries, Attitude Measures, Personnel Evaluation, Test Bias, Outcomes of Education, Occupational Surveys, Inhibition
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom