Thursday, August 15, 2013

signaling is powerful

Person2: He is giving a talk on behavioral economics here in a month.
Me: Oh cool. It's hard to tell what he works on judging by google results, but I'd bet he doesn't stay in academia, in case you're interested in hiring him.
Person2: He's starting part time in a week :)

These kinds of inferences aren't unjustified prejudice because people signal intentionally. When an academic has a lot of google hits from public talks they've given on general interest topics, doesn't have a professional website but does have a linked-in page, and has few publications/working papers despite being out of grad school for at least a year or two, it's pretty clear they don't want to stay in academia. It's so clear because it's a signal that's been carefully crafted to send that message.

(And in case it's not clear from my google results, maybe because I have this silly unbreakable blogging habit, I am almost exclusively interested in staying in academia. Please hire me :)

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