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Signaling is whenever you do something just because of what someone else will think as a result.
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'''Signaling''' is activity that causes others to get an idea about your abilities (whether that idea will be correct or not). Some signaling activity is performed exclusively to impress others (to improve your [[status]]), and in some cases [http://www.overcomingbias.com/2007/01/excess_signalin.html isn't even with that]. In other cases, signaling is a side-effect of the otherwise useful activity.
  
 
For example, if doing something is easy for one type of person and hard for another type of person, you might do that thing just to get people to think you're the former type of person, even if the thing isn't in itself worth doing. This could explain many facets of human behavior, and reveal opportunities for reducing waste.
 
For example, if doing something is easy for one type of person and hard for another type of person, you might do that thing just to get people to think you're the former type of person, even if the thing isn't in itself worth doing. This could explain many facets of human behavior, and reveal opportunities for reducing waste.
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*[http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2008/05/hanson_on_signa.html Robin Hanson on Signaling (Econtalk Podcast)]
 
*[http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2008/05/hanson_on_signa.html Robin Hanson on Signaling (Econtalk Podcast)]
  
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Signaling is activity that causes others to get an idea about your abilities (whether that idea will be correct or not). Some signaling activity is performed exclusively to impress others (to improve your status), and in some cases isn't even with that. In other cases, signaling is a side-effect of the otherwise useful activity.

For example, if doing something is easy for one type of person and hard for another type of person, you might do that thing just to get people to think you're the former type of person, even if the thing isn't in itself worth doing. This could explain many facets of human behavior, and reveal opportunities for reducing waste.

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