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Earnings and Languages in the Family: Second-Generation Australians

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This paper uses Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia data to assess the performance of second-generation Australians in full-time employment in 2007. It examines the role of job mismatch and cultural and linguistic diversity at the individual and family levels. The study accounts for non-random sample selection. The new evidence shows that: (i) over-education and over-skilling carry a wage penalty; (ii) there are significant but heterogeneous second-generation effects; and (iii) language effects explain most of the disadvantage associated with non-English-speaking background. Copyright © 2009 The Economic Society of Australia.

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Volume (Year): 85 (2009)
Issue (Month): s1 (09)
Pages: S59-S73

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