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Title: Returns to Foreign Language Skills in a Developing Country: The Case of Turkey
Author: Di Paolo, Antonio
Tansel, Aysit
Keywords: Adquisició d'una segona llengua
Ensenyament de llengües
Didàctica de la llengua
Second language acquisition
Language teaching
Language teaching methods
Issue Date: Jun-2015
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Abstract: This paper analyses the economic value of foreign languages in Turkey using data on some 6000 adult male wage-earners in 2007. We find positive earnings returns to proficiency in English and Russian, which increase with the level of competence. French and German skills are also positively rewarded, although their return seems mostly linked to the likelihood to hold specific occupations. In contrast, knowing Arabic does not generate an earnings premium. Focusing on English, we check for heterogeneous returns along the conditional earnings distribution. The results are qualitatively invariant when we account for misclassification errors in self-reported English skills.
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It is part of: Journal of Development Studies, 2015, vol. 51, num. 4, p. 407-421
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ISSN: 0022-0388
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Econometria, Estadística i Economia Aplicada)

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