Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/141519
Authors: 
Chiswick, Barry R.
Wang, Zhiling
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9760
Abstract: 
Using longitudinal data on immigrants in the Netherlands for the years 1991, 1994, 1998, 2002, we examined the impacts of social contacts and Dutch language proficiency on adult foreign-born men's earnings, employment and occupational status. The main conclusions are as follows. On average, social contacts and a good mastery of the Dutch language enhance immigrants' economic performances. The effects are stronger for immigrants with low-skill-transferability than for immigrants with high-skill-transferability, and are stronger for economic migrants than for non-economic migrants. Contact with Dutch people and Dutch organisations unambiguously enhances all aspects of immigrants' economic performance, however, we found no evidence for the positive effect of co-ethnic contact on employment status.
Subjects: 
social capital
Dutch language proficiency
labour market performance
Dutch immigrants
skill transferability
JEL: 
J15
J61
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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