Definition of self-selection in US English:



  • The action of putting oneself forward for something.

    • ‘Although self-selection is difficult to examine, Surette found that returns are always higher when corrected for self-selection - indeed, more than twice as high for the Associate degree.’
    • ‘Evaluations of drug treatment programs have reached more positive conclusions but generally suffer from methodological problems, most notably self-selection into treatment.’
    • ‘As participation in challenge testing at all time points was voluntary, self-selection was a possible confounder.’
    • ‘In addition to observable factors like academic achievement, family background, and ability, some analysts have tried to control for self-selection into various institutions.’
    • ‘It allows for fine-tuning and self-selection of migration flows, yielding far better results than even the most well-meaning bureaucrats could ever achieve.’
    • ‘Although biases associated with self-selection cannot be ruled out completely, three factors suggest that participants were comparable to the larger population of employees.’
    • ‘Entrance into most preparation programs has been determined by self-selection, with half-hearted screening and little outreach to talented individuals.’
    • ‘In the general population from Spain, a higher asthma risk was observed in former cleaners than in current cleaners, suggesting self-selection related to exposure.’
    • ‘Your methodology should have taken self-selection into consideration.’
    • ‘This self-selection could occur prior to hire as a result of a job candidate's suspicion about harmful exposures, or after hire as a result of first-hand experience with work-related respiratory problems.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, to the extent that criteria for self-selection are subjectively determined, populations that inhabit the frontiers are also random and spontaneous.’
    • ‘This self-selection does represent a potential bias, since participants have been self-selected on the basis of interest and, possibly, prior experience.’
    • ‘As a consequence, attendance in each component was a function of self-selection, making it impossible to discern whether outcomes were a function of self-selection or dosage factors.’
    • ‘These study demands may have increased the potential for self-selection such that participants' interest on their own health and time availability may have created a fairly homogeneous sample.’
    • ‘In particular, we estimate the effect of herbicide-tolerant soybeans on herbicide use, crop yields, and farm profits using an econometric model that corrects for self-selection and simultaneity.’
    • ‘The first process, self-selection, was created by internal motivational states and/or external incentives that disposed some people to volunteer for treatment.’
    • ‘The present study attempted to minimize, but could not rule out, the shortcomings of the self-reported method, which may be subject to self-selection, social desirability, and recall biases.’
    • ‘The participants were not informed of the content of the experiment until after they had arrived at the testing site, so self-selection based on environmental attitudes or architectural preferences was eliminated.’
    • ‘Given the forces of self-selection, they worried that those who were relatively disadvantaged members of society and driven by economic necessity would fill the lower ranks of the all-volunteer force.’
    • ‘We offer self-selection as the likely culprit.’



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