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Speaking Fluency, Writing Fluency and Earnings of Migrants

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  • Dustmann, Christian

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This paper analyses the determinants of language abilities of migrant workers and the impact of language proficiency on their earnings position. The analysis is based on data for West Germany. The first part presents an ordered probit analysis of the determinants of German speaking and writing fluency for both male and female migrants. The data allow an analysis not only of migrants personal characteristics as explanatory variables but, additionally, of the effect of the family context and of illiteracy on the migrant's German language fluency. In the second part, the effect of language on the migrant's earnings position is analysed. It is shown that language abilities, and especially writing proficiency, considerably improve the earnings position of migrants.

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  • Dustmann, Christian, 1994. "Speaking Fluency, Writing Fluency and Earnings of Migrants," CEPR Discussion Papers 905, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    Keywords

    Human Capital; International Migration; Ordinal Probit Models;

    JEL classification:

    • C35 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration

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