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The wage gap between Francophones and Anglophones: a Canadian perspective, 1970-2000

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The wage gap between Francophone and Anglophone men from 1970 and 2000 fell by 25 percentage points within Quebec, but only by 10 points Canada-wide, largely because the wages of Quebec Anglophones fell by 15 points relative to other Canadian Anglophones. Accordingly, the Canadian measure of the Francophone gap better reflects the changing welfare of Francophones than the Quebec measure. Over half of the reduction in the Canadian Francophone wage gap is explained by rising Francophone education levels. In Quebec, the declining number and relative wages of Anglophone workers is best explained by a falling demand for English-speaking labour.

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  • David Albouy, 2008. "The wage gap between Francophones and Anglophones: a Canadian perspective, 1970-2000," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 41(4), pages 1211-1238, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:41:y:2008:i:4:p:1211-1238
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    • J70 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - General
    • J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General

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