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

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Barry CHISWICK ; Yew LEE ; Paul W. MILLER (2003)
  • Journal: Annals of Economics and Statistics, issue 71-72, pages 97-139

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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