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Seinfeld Economics: The Apartment (Wedding Ring)

by Linda Ghent

Signaling is the idea that one party (termed the “agent”) credibly conveys some information about itself to another party (the “principal”). For example, in job-market signaling, (potential) employees send a signal about their ability level to the employer by acquiring certain education credentials. The informational value of the credential comes from the fact that the employer assumes it is positively correlated with having greater ability.

Seinfeld: The Apartment (Wedding Ring)

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George discovers that when he wears a wedding band, women come on to him. The band signals 1) that you are not gay, and 2) that you are of marriageable quality. A girl discusses the signal with George; she uses the ring as a screening device.

from Seinfeld, Season 2 (1991)
Creator: Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld
Posted by Linda Ghent
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