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The effects of language skills on economic assimilation of female immigrants in the United States

Antonia Silles, Mary

Authors

Mary Antonia Silles Email: M.Silles@hull.ac.uk



Abstract

This paper uses recent data from the American Community Survey between 2010 and 2015 to investigate the effect of language skills on women's economic assimilation who immigrated to the United States as children. The problem of endogenous language acquisition and measurement error in the language variable is addressed utilizing the phenomenon that younger children learn languages more easily than older children to construct an identifying instrument. Two-stage-least-squares estimates suggest that greater English proficiency has a positive effect on a number of indicators of economic assimilation of adult women including several measures of labor supply and earnings. A range of sensitivity tests are undertaken to check the validity of these results.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2018
Print ISSN 1463-6786
Electronic ISSN 1467-9957
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 86
Issue 6
Pages 789-815
APA6 Citation Antonia Silles, M. (2018). The effects of language skills on economic assimilation of female immigrants in the United States. The Manchester school, 86(6), 789-815. doi:10.1111/manc.12231
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/manc.12231
Keywords Immigration; Language skills; Labor market performance
Publisher URL 10.1111/manc.12231
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