Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/21497
Authors: 
Chiswick, Barry R.
Lee, Yew Liang
Miller, Paul W.
Year of Publication: 
2002
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 460
Abstract: 
This paper is concerned with the relationship among family members in the determinants of destination language proficiency among immigrants. A model of immigrant language proficiency is augmented to include dynamics among family members. It is tested using data on a sample of recent immigrants. Children are shown to have a negative effect on their mother?s language proficiency, but no effect on their father?s. There is a substantial positive correlation between the language skills of spouses. This is due to the correlation between spouses in both the measured determinants and the unmeasured determinants of destination language skills among spouses.
Subjects: 
Immigrants
language skills
family
longitudinal data
JEL: 
J61
J24
J16
J15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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