Language Skills and Labor Market Performance of Immigrants in the Netherlands

CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2015-010

25 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2015

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Yuxin Yao

Tilburg University - Department of Economics

Jan C. van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

Date Written: February 14, 2015

Abstract

Many immigrants in the Netherlands have poor Dutch language skills. They face problems in speaking and reading Dutch. Our paper investigates how these problems affect their labor market performance in terms of employment, hours of work and wages. We find that for female immigrants language problems have significantly negative effects on hourly wages but not on employment probability and hours of work. For male immigrants language problems do not affect employment probability, hours of work or hourly wages.

Keywords: Language skills, immigrants, labor market performance

JEL Classification: J24, J15

Suggested Citation

Yao, Yuxin and van Ours, Jan C., Language Skills and Labor Market Performance of Immigrants in the Netherlands (February 14, 2015). CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2015-010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2570838 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2570838

Yuxin Yao (Contact Author)

Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Jan C. Van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands
+31 13 466 2880 (Phone)
+31 13 466 3042 (Fax)

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Melbourne, 3010
Australia

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