Université de Neuchâtel

The Signaling Value of Labor Market Programs

Liechti, Fabienne ; Fossati, Flavia ; Bonoli, Giuliano ; Auer, Daniel

(nccr on the move ; 9)

This paper investigates how employers interpret participation in active labor market programs for hiring decisions. Drawing on signaling theory, we assume that employers use program participation as a signal for a candidate’s qualities. On the basis of a factorial survey experiment, we simulated a hiring process for two job positions, a low and mid-skilled one, in the hotel sector. Recruiters...