Sunday, March 24, 2013

Buying an A and the signaling theory of higher education

I just watched a show containing a grade buying scandal. Let us say that you could get away with buying A's in your courses without any risk of getting caught. Per the signaling theory of higher education, isn't this a great way to send a signal to employers they really do care about your success? For someone who is a moral utilitarian and buys the signaling theory, is there any reason to recommend against this?


  1. The presumption is the price was too cheap.

  2. Yes - the trick is that for most jobs, they require you to work. If you were independently wealthy, and willing to pay them for a 'job', they'd 'hire' you, I'm sure.

    1. Barry, are you familiar with signalling theory?


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