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Language knowledge and earnings in Catalonia

Antonio Di Paolo () and Josep Raymond ()

Working Papers from Department of Applied Economics at Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona

Abstract: In this paper we are aimed to investigate the relationship between Catalan knowledge and individual earnings in Catalonia. Using data from 2006, we find a positive earning return to Catalan proficiency; however, when accounting for self-selection into Catalan knowledge, we find a higher language return (20% of extra earnings), suggesting that individuals who are more prone to know Catalan are also less remunerated than others (negative selection effect). Moreover, we also find important complementarities between language knowledge and completed education, which means that only more educated individuals benefit from Catalan knowledge.

Keywords: Language; Earnings; Self-Selection; Skill-Complementarity; Catalonia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J79 J24 J61 C31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 32 pages
Date: 2010-02
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