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Language knowledge and earnings in Catalonia

  • Antonio Di Paolo

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    (Departament d'Economia Aplicada, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)

  • Josep Lluís Raymond

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    (Departament d'Economia Aplicada, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)

In this paper we are aimed to investigate the relationship between Catalan knowledge and individual earnings in Catalonia. Using data from 2006, we find a positive earning return to Catalan proficiency; however, when accounting for self-selection into Catalan knowledge, we find a higher language return (20% of extra earnings), suggesting that individuals who are more prone to know Catalan are also less remunerated than others (negative selection effect). Moreover, we also find important complementarities between language knowledge and completed education, which means that only more educated individuals benefit from Catalan knowledge.

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