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Title:Parents and Children Talk : The Family Dynamics of English Language Proficiency PDF Logo
Authors:Chiswick, Barry R.
Lee, Yew Liang
Miller, Paul W.
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 1216
Abstract:This paper extends the analysis of the acquisition of destination language proficiency among immigrants by explicitly incorporating dynamics among family members – mother, father and children. Single equation, bivariate, and four-state (multivariate) probit analyses are employed. Immigrant English language skills are greater the younger the age at migration, the longer the duration of residence, the higher the level of education, and for immigrants not from Asia. Large positive correlations in the unmeasured determinants of proficiency exist between spouses, between siblings, and between parents and children, although the latter relationship is stronger for the mother.
Subjects:immigrants
language
family
multinominal probit
JEL:J16
J15
J61
J24
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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