Hebrew Language Usage: Determinants and Effects on Earnings Among Immigrants in Israel
Barry R. Chiswick
University of Illinois at Chicago; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Journal of Population Economics, Vol. 11, Issue 2
This paper uses the 1983 Census of Israel to analyze Hebrew speaking skills and the effects of Hebrew fluency on the earnings of adult male immigrants. Hebrew fluency increases with a longer duration in Israel, the presence of children in the household, marrying after immigration, living in an area in which a smaller proportion speaks one's mother tongue, a younger age at migration, a higher level of schooling and varies by country of birth. Earnings increase monotonically with the use of Hebrew. Speaking English as a second language is associated with higher earnings, even when country of origin is held constant.
JEL Classification: J61, J24, J31Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 25, 1998
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