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English Proficiency and Labour Supply of Immigrants in Australia

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  • Vincent Law

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    (The Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy)

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This paper explores the impact of English proficiency on the labour supply of recent immigrants in Australia. While previous research finds that English proficiency is crucial for participation and employment of immigrants, almost no research, and none in Australia, has been done with respect to hours worked by immigrants. The number of hours worked by immigrants is a strong indicator of economic wellbeing. This study uses the second cohort of the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Australia data to estimate a Chamberlain style Tobit random effects estimator. The results suggest a positive relationship between English proficiency and hours worked by immigrants.

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Paper provided by Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University in its series Crawford School Research Papers with number 1112.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2011
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Handle: RePEc:een:crwfrp:1112

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Keywords: Labour Supply; English Proficiency; Australian Immigration; Australian Immigrants;

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  1. Inglis, Paul A & Stromback, Thorsten, 1986. "Migrants' Unemployment: The Determinants of Employment Success," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 62(178), pages 310-24, September.
  2. McManus, Walter & Gould, William & Welch, Finis, 1983. "Earnings of Hispanic Men: The Role of English Language Proficiency," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 1(2), pages 101-30, April.
  3. Deborah A. Cobb-Clark & Marie D. Connolly, 2001. "A Family Affair: The Labor Market Experience of Immigrant Spouses," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 82(4), pages 796-811.
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