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The Impact of Language Ability on Employment and Earnings of Britain's Ethnic Communities

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  • Leslie, Derek
  • Lindley, Joanne

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The Fourth National Survey of Ethnic Minorities contains useful information about the language ability of Britain's non-whites as well as a wealth of comparative information for whites. The paper attempts to establish how much of the lower unemployment and higher earnings enjoyed by whites is the result of a comparative advantage in language. Language is shown to contribute to a part of the non-white disadvantage, but after language effects are removed non-whites males still have higher unemployment rates and lower earnings. Language disadvantage among non-white females leads to higher inactivity rates rather than more unemployment. Copyright 2001 by The London School of Economics and Political Science

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Article provided by London School of Economics and Political Science in its journal Economica.

Volume (Year): 68 (2001)
Issue (Month): 272 (November)
Pages: 587-606

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