publication . Article . 2003

Immigrants' language skills: the immigrant experience in a longitudinal survey

Barry CHISWICK; Yew LEE; Paul W. MILLER;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2003 Journal: Annales d'Économie et de Statistique (issn: 0769-489X, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: JSTOR
Abstract
This paper is concerned with the determinants of English language proficiency among immigrants. It presents a model based on economic incentives, exposure, and efficiency in language acquisition, which it tests using the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Australia. Probit and bivariate probit analyses are employed. The hypotheses are supported by the data. The bivariate probit analysis across waves indicates a "regression to the mean" in the unobserved components of English language proficiency.
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free text keywords: Econometrics, Probit model, Language acquisition, Redaction, Regression toward the mean, Incentive, Psychology, Probit, Immigration, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Survey sampling
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