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Intergenerational Transmission of Language Capital and Economic Outcomes

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  • Casey, Teresa

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    (London School of Economics)

  • Dustmann, Christian

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    (University College London)

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This paper investigates the intergenerational transmission of language capital amongst immigrants, and the effect of language deficiencies on the economic performance of second generation immigrants. Using a long panel that oversamples immigrants, we can follow their children after they have left the parental home. Our results show a sizeable significant association between parents’ and children’s fluency, conditional on parental and family characteristics. We find that language deficiencies of the second generation are associated with poorer labour market outcomes for females only. Finally, we find a strong relationship between parental fluency and female labour market outcomes, which works through the child’s language proficiency.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3074.

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Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2007
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Human Resources, 2008, 43 (3), 660 - 687
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  7. Helena Skyt Nielsen & Beatrice Schindler Rangvid, 2011. "The Impact of Parents’ Years since Migration on Children’s Academic Achievement," Economics Working Papers 2011-16, School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus.
  8. Maresa Sprietsma, 2013. "Discrimination in grading: experimental evidence from primary school teachers," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 45(1), pages 523-538, August.
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