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HOW BROADLY DOES EDUCATION CONTRIBUTE TO JOB PERFORMANCE?

According to U. S. National Center for Education Statistics, the proportion
of Americans attaining more education continues to increase. For
example, the percentage of individuals completing high school increased
from 69% in 1980 to 86% in 2006; the percentage of individuals (aged
25 and older) who have completed college increased from 17% in 1980
to 28% in 2006. In both the labor economics and organizational sciences
literatures, there is substantial evidence that individuals’ educational attainments
are associated with positive career outcomes, including salary
level, number of promotions, development opportunities, and job mobility
(Cappelli, 2000; Howard, 1986; Lazear, 1981; Ng, Eby, Sorensen, &
Feldman, 2005).
Because most organizations use education as an indicator of a person’s
skill levels or productivity (Benson, Finegold, & Mohrman, 2004),
they frequently employ it as a prerequisite in hiring decisions. However,
over the past 2 decades, there has been very little research directly examining
the relationship between educational level and job performance.
This is particularly surprising given that it was during…

 

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