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Title:The economics of language: an introduction and overview PDF Logo
Authors:Chiswick, Barry R.
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 3568
Abstract:This paper provides an introduction and overview of my research on the Economics of Language. The approach is that language skills among immigrants and native-born linguistic minorities are a form of human capital. There are costs and benefits associated with this characteristic embodied in the person. The analysis focuses on the economic and demographic determinants of destination language proficiency among immigrants. This is based on Exposure, Efficiency and Economic Incentives (the three E's) for proficiency. It also focuses on the labor market consequences (earnings) of proficiency for immigrants and native-born bilinguals. The empirical testing for the US, Canada, Australia, Israel and Bolivia is supportive of the theoretical models.
Subjects:Immigrants
language
bilingualism
human capital
earnings
JEL:J15
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-2008070230
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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