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Language Nuances and Socioeconomic Outcomes

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  • Alberto Chong
  • Jorge Guillen
  • Vanessa Rios

While language enables communication, it also provides a reassuring quality more closely related with issues linked with trust, social capital, and cultural identification. Research on the role of language as a learning process is widespread but there is little evidence on its role as a signal for cultural affinity. We pursue this latter avenue of research and show that subtle language affinity is positively linked with change in socioeconomic outcome variables when using English-speaking data for cities in the Golden Horseshoe area in Southern Ontario during the period 1991 to 2001. Copyright © 2010 American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Inc..

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Volume (Year): 69 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (04)
Pages: 693-716

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