Language Skills and the Earnings Distribution Among Child Immigrants

26 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2011

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Chunbei Wang

University of Texas at Dallas

Le Wang

University of New Hampshire

Date Written: April 1, 2011

Abstract

In this paper, we estimate the language effects on the earnings distribution among child immigrants. Utilizing U.S. Census data, we find: (1) there exists a larger heterogeneity in language premiums across the earnings distribution, and the patterns change over time (2) occupation and education channels explain most of the language effects and the large heterogeneity in them. However, the importance of these two channels has decreased over time.

Suggested Citation

Wang, Chunbei and Wang, Le, Language Skills and the Earnings Distribution Among Child Immigrants (April 1, 2011). Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 50, No. 2, pp. 297-322, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1794862 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2011.00637.x

Chunbei Wang (Contact Author)

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Le Wang

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