Grade inflation, social background, and labour market matching


Schwager, Robert


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URL: http://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/2102
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-21023
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2008
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: C7 J24 I21 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Bildungsabschluss , Informationswert , Arbeitsnachfrage , Arbeitsangebot , Lohnstruktur , Qualifikation , Soziale Schichtung , Bildungspolitik
Keywords (English): education , grading , standards , assignment , social mobility
Abstract: A model is presented where workers of differing abilities and from different social backgrounds are assigned to jobs based on grades received at school. It is examined how this matching is affected if good grades are granted to some low ability students. Such grade inflation is shown to reduce the aggregate wage of the lower class workers because employers use social origin as a signal for productivity if grades are less than fully informative. Moreover, the high-ability students from the higher class may benefit from grade inflation since this shields them from the competition on the part of able students from the lower classes.
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