The Role of Hard-to-Obtain Information on Ability for the School-to-Work Transition

Müller, Barbara; Wolter, Stefan C. (2014). The Role of Hard-to-Obtain Information on Ability for the School-to-Work Transition. Empirical economics, 46(4), pp. 1447-1471. Springer 10.1007/s00181-013-0709-2

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When information about the abilities of job seekers is difficult to obtain, statistical discrimination by employers may be an efficient strategy in the hiring and wage-setting process. In this article, we use a unique, longitudinal survey that follows the PISA 2000 students in their early educational and work–life careers. We find that a deviance in the PISA test scores from what one would have predicted based on easy-to-obtain observable characteristics influences the probability of succeeding in the transition from compulsory schooling to a firm-based apprenticeship significantly but in a non-symmetric way. Only those who had a test result below their predicted result have significantly lower chances of getting an apprenticeship. We also find evidence that the importance of hard-to-obtain information on ability is further revealed in the course of the apprenticeship.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics

UniBE Contributor:

Müller, Barbara and Wolter, Stefan

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

0377-7332

Publisher:

Springer

Projects:

[1036] Transitions from Education to Employment (TREE) Official URL

Language:

English

Submitter:

Dino Collalti

Date Deposited:

26 Mar 2015 10:25

Last Modified:

12 Nov 2019 15:13

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00181-013-0709-2

Additional Information:

treeanalysis analysis_thirdparty Custom 1: 14.05.2013; Date: 2013

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Statistical discrimination · School-to-work transition · PISA

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.65236

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/65236

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