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No Entiendo: The Effects of Bilingualism on Hispanic Earnings

Jerónimo Cortina; Rodolfo de la Garza; Pablo M. Pinto

Title:
No Entiendo: The Effects of Bilingualism on Hispanic Earnings
Author(s):
Cortina, Jerónimo
de la Garza, Rodolfo
Pinto, Pablo M.
Date:
Type:
Working papers
Department:
Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
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Series:
ISERP Working Papers
Part Number:
07-03
Publisher:
Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University
Publisher Location:
New York
Abstract:
This paper examines the economic consequences of bilingualism. Specifically, we explore whether the ability to effectively communicate in English and Spanish is rewarded in labor markets. Using a sample of the Hispanic population drawn from U.S. census data for the year 2000 we find that controlling for education, gender, age, place of birth, sector and region of employment, bilingualism has a substantively small positive relation with higher income. However, our results also show that bilingualism is negatively correlated with wage-based income among different occupational categories and sectors, but particularly among managers and those employed in the public sector.
Subject(s):
Economics
Economics, Labor
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