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Parents and Children Talk: The Family Dynamics of English Language Proficiency

Barry Chiswick (), Yew Liang Lee and Paul Miller
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Yew Liang Lee: University of Western Australia

No 403, CReAM Discussion Paper Series from Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London

Abstract: This paper extends the analysis of the acquisition of destination language proficiency among immigrants by explicitly incorporating dynamics among family members- mother, father and children. Single equation, bivariate, and four-state (multivariate) probit analyses are employed. Immigrant English language skills are greater the younger the age at migration, the longer the duration of residence, the higher the level of education, and for immigrants not from Asia. Large positive correlations in the unmeasured determinants of proficiency exist between spouses, between siblings, and between parents and children, although the latter relationship is stronger for the mother.

Keywords: Immigrants; Language; Family; Multinominal Probit (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 J16 J24 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004-04
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