Note: This is post #68 in a weekly video series on basic microeconomics.
Economists often make such claims as “a college diploma is an example of signaling.” What exactly do they mean by ‘signaling’?
A signal is an action that reveals information, explains Tyler Cowen. In this video by Marginal Revolution University, Cowen looks at higher education, and shows how a a large fraction of the value you receive from your degree comes on the day you earn your diploma.
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