English deficiency and the native–immigrant wage gap

Publication type

Journal Article

Published in

Economics Letters

Authors

Alfonso Miranda and Yu Zhu

Publication date

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Abstract
Using the interaction of language of country of birth and age-at-arrival as instruments, we find strong evidence of a causal effect of English as Additional Language (EAL) on the native–immigrant wage gap for male employees in the UK.
Highlights
► We analyse the native–immigrant wage gap for male employees in the UK. ► We control for age, region of residence, educational attainment and ethnicity. ► English as Additional Language explains most of the composition-adjusted wage gap. ► EAL instrumented by interaction of language of country of birth and age-at-arrival. ► Causal effect of EAL on native–immigrant wage gap robust to various specifications.

Volume and page numbers

118, 38-41

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2012.09.007

ISSN

16

Subjects

Migration, Labour Market and Wages And Earnings

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