Is There a Gender Bias in the Use of Foreign Languages in Europe?

15 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2013

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Juan Prieto-Rodriguez

Universidad de Oviedo

Victor A. Ginsburgh

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE); Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES)

Date Written: November 2013

Abstract

The process of globalization has forced workers (essentially white collars) to learn foreign languages and break linguistic barriers. In most cases, Europeans have chosen English as a second language. But English is not the only language that has an economic impact on international trade. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the effect of the most important foreign languages used at the workplace on wages of men and women, both at the mean and along the wage distribution, in Northern and Southern Europe (Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy and Spain). Workers from both genders benefit from a premium, but there are marked differences between North European and South European countries.

Suggested Citation

Prieto Rodríguez, Juan and Ginsburgh, Victor A., Is There a Gender Bias in the Use of Foreign Languages in Europe? (November 2013). Kyklos, Vol. 66, Issue 4, pp. 552-566, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2355568 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/kykl.12035

Juan Prieto Rodríguez

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Victor A. Ginsburgh

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