Econ Duel: Is education signaling or skill building?

BY Roman Hardgrave ON Thu, March 10, 2016

What’s the real value of education? We’re excited to share with you a video that tackles that question head on.

With access to practically unlimited knowledge at our fingertips and so many open courses online, much of the learning that could only be found in institutions is now unrestricted.

So, are you really gaining valuable knowledge and skills in college, or is the degree mostly signaling? Economists (and Marginal Revolution University co-founders) Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok have differing opinions on the matter. We got them together for a friendly “duel” to battle out this important question.

Check out their debate and participate in the video poll by casting your vote.