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Native language and immigrant labour market outcomes: an alternative approach to measuring the returns to language skills
University of Kalmar, Baltic Business School.
2007 (English)In: Journal of International Migration and Integration, ISSN 1488-3473, E-ISSN 1874-6365, Vol. 8, no 2, p. 207-221Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In contrast with the conventional approach of studying the interrelation

between immigrants

language skills and their chances of succeeding in the host

country labour market, this article explores the relevance of having and not having a

mother tongue in common with the native population for otherwise similar

immigrants. This is accomplished by using linked register data from two countries,

which makes it possible to separate people according to their native language. We

find that immigrants who have their mother tongue in common with natives have

substantially higher employment and income levels than immigrants who originate

from the same country, but whose native language is linguistically different from the

dominant language of the host country. The results support the view that language is

a fundamental part of immigrants

human capital and thus promotes their labour

market outcomes.

 

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Springer , 2007. Vol. 8, no 2, p. 207-221
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Economics
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Economy, Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-1973DOI: 10.1007/s12134-007-0014-zOAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-1973DiVA, id: diva2:309021
Available from: 2010-04-06 Created: 2010-04-06 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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