Signaling in Higher Education : The Effect of Access to Elite Colleges on Choice of Major

  • Valerie Bostwick
  • Published 2015

Abstract

I propose a model of postsecondary education in which major field of study can be used by individuals to signal productivity to employers. Under this signaling model, I show that geographic areas with high access to elite universities result in fewer science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors among lower ability students at non-elite… (More)

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