EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

English Proficiency and Labor Market Performance: Evidence from the Economics Profession

William Olney

No 2015-05, Department of Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics, Williams College

Abstract: This paper investigates whether the global spread of the English language provides an inherent advantage to native English speakers. This question is studied within the context of the economics profession, where the impact of being a native English speaker on future publishing success is examined. English speakers may have an advantage since they are writing in their native language, the quality of writing is a crucial determinant of publishing success, and all the top economics journals are published in English. Using a ranking of the world's top 2.5% of economists, this paper confirms that native English speakers are ranked 100 spots higher (better) than similar non-native English speakers. A variety of extensions examine and dispel other potential explanations.

Keywords: English Language; Research Output; Economist Rankings (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F60 A11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 47 pages
Date: 2015-04
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hme and nep-sog
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://web.williams.edu/Economics/wp/OlneyEnglishProficiency.pdf Full text (application/pdf)

Related works:
Journal Article: ENGLISH PROFICIENCY AND LABOR MARKET PERFORMANCE: EVIDENCE FROM THE ECONOMICS PROFESSION (2017) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:wil:wileco:2015-05

Ordering information: This working paper can be ordered from

The price is Free.

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Department of Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics, Williams College Williamstown, MA 01267. Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Stephen Sheppard ().

 
Page updated 2020-10-11
Handle: RePEc:wil:wileco:2015-05