Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/88063
Authors: 
Chong, Alberto
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department 557
Abstract: 
Based on research in linguistics and psychology I use language speech as a reflection of acculturation. I use individual and city-level data from the Lake Ontario area in Canada and study the determinants of cultural assimilation. I focus on education, age, income, and in particular, on some variables typically discussed when globalization issues come up, such as immigration, television viewing, borders, and residence history of the individuals. I find that actual contact does matter as a determinant of cultural homogenization. Virtual contact appears to be irrelevant. This finding is robust to changes in specification and to different empirical methods.
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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