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Language proficiency of immigrants and misclassification

  • Augustin de Coulon
  • Francois-Charles Wolff

We study the determinants of language proficiency, reading and speaking, for a sample of immigrants living in France and allow for misclassification errors since language proficiency is based on subjective self-reported evaluations. Using a parametric maximum likelihood method, we find that the probabilities of misclassification are large. Misclassification is mainly due to immigrants experiencing actual language problems, but who do not report them.

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Volume (Year): 14 (2007)
Issue (Month): 12 ()
Pages: 857-861

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