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The earnings of immigrants in the United States: The effect of English-speaking ability

Опубликовано на портале: 15-12-2002
American Journal of Economics and Sociology. 1999.  Vol. 58. No. 1. P. 43-56. 
Тематический раздел:
Evidence is found consistent with the hypothesis that English-speaking ability is an important determinant of earnings of immigrants in the US. Immigrants who do not speak English well acquire English proficiency as well as other skills, and experience faster earnings growth, than immigrants who are fluent in English. For those immigrants whose first language is English or who speak English very well, fluency in English is valuable because it facilitates the transfer to the US labor market of schooling and labor market experience obtained abroad. Documenting and studying the importance of local efforts to teach English to immigrants - such as the English as a second language classes offered by the Chinese American Civic Association, Jewish Vocational Services, and El Centro de Cardenal - will be an important future research task.