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Vanilla Ice Cream (She Loves Me)

by Matthew Rousu

Signaling happens all the time. Like with the singers, it can happen when a person tries to signal to somebody else that he/she would make a good romantic partner, but people can also try to signal to firms that they are a good person to hire.

For a signal to be effective the person seeing the signal must recognize that the activity could signal success. Further, the activity that generates the signal should be costly, but less costly to those who are talented.

This is one reason a college degree is a good signal for many jobs - it isn't cheap to complete (both in terms of money and effort) but it is tougher for those with lower intellectual skills. Other signals include GPA, the college from which a person graduated, and activities/leadership roles in college.

Vanilla Ice Cream

Amalia is thinking about writing a letter to a potential suitor, but gets distracted because Georg recently brought her ice cream. Georg's gesture serves as a signal that he is a good person and perhaps could be a suitable partner for Amalia.

from She Loves Me (2016)
Creator: Joe Masteroff, Sheldon Harnick, and Jerry Bock
Posted by Matthew Rousu