Do Employers Know Their Employees' Education?

Francesco Avvisati
Paris School of Economics, France

Using a French employer-employee dataset, I document large disagreement rates between employer reports and self-reports of workers' educational attainment. My estimates of a model for the data-generating process indicate that, when both are available, employer reports are correct for about 85% of the sample, while self-reports are accurate for almost 92% of observations. I also test whether wages are related to employers' mistakes, and nd that overstatements of worker education pay a positive wage-premium, whereas under-statements are not linked to signicant dierences in wages.

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