Immigrant earnings: Language skills, linguistic concentrations and the business cycle
This study of the determinants of earnings among adult foreign-born men using the 1990 Census of Population focuses on the effects of the respondent's own English language skills, the effects of living in a linguistic concentration area, and the effects of the stage of the business cycle at entry into the U.S. labor market. The analysis demonstrates the importance of English language fluency among the foreign born from non-English speaking countries. There is also strong evidence for the complementarity between language skills and other forms of human capital. Furthermore, there is strong evidence using selectivity correction techniques for the endogeneity between language and earnings.
Volume (Year): 15 (2002)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
|Note:||Received: 30 November 1999/Accepted: 6 February 2001 received at the European Science Foundation Conference on Migration and Development, Espinoh, Portugal, April 1998, the Population Association of America Annual Meeting, New York, March 1999, the Canadian Economics Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, May 1999, the Center for Economic Policy Research Conference on Marginal Labour Markets in Metropolitan Areas, Dublin, October 1999, and the Midwest Economics Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, April 2000. Christian Dustmann's comments were especially helpful. It was written, in part, while Chiswick was the John M. Olin Visiting Professor, Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago. Responsible editor: Alan Barrett.-->|
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