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Gender, Earnings, and the English Skill Acquisition of Hispanic Workers in the United States

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  • Mora, Marie T
  • Davila, Alberto
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    Using the 1980 and 1990 Public Use Microdata Samples, the authors find that labor market outcomes associated with English proficiency vary with respect to gender. For example, a synthetic cohort analysis provides evidence of gender-related differences in Hispanic workers' English skill acquisition. Moreover, the authors observe that Hispanic women face a lower English deficiency earnings penalty that rises more sharply with education than the penalty obtained by their otherwise similar male peers. Finally, English fluency appears to serve as a stronger occupational sorting mechanism for women than men. Copyright 1998 by Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

    Volume (Year): 36 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 4 (October)
    Pages: 631-44

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:36:y:1998:i:4:p:631-44

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