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Language Nuances and Socioeconomic Outcomes

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  • Alberto Chong
  • Jorge Guillen
  • Vanessa Rios

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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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  • Alberto Chong & Jorge Guillen & Vanessa Rios, 2010. "Language Nuances and Socioeconomic Outcomes," American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 69(2), pages 693-716, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ajecsc:v:69:y:2010:i:2:p:693-716
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    3. Tenzer, Helene & Terjesen, Siri & Harzing, Anne-wil, 2017. "Language in international business : A review and agenda for future research," Other publications TiSEM 8afd108a-9666-4fbb-934f-6, Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management.
    4. Petrik Runst, 2013. "Post-Socialist Culture and Entrepreneurship," American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 72(3), pages 593-626, July.

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