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Title: Bilingual schooling and earnings: Evidence from a language-in-education reform
Author: Cappellari, Lorenzo
Di Paolo, Antonio
Keywords: Ensenyament bilingüe
Reforma de l'educació
Llengua i ensenyament
Bilingual education
Educational change
Language and education
Issue Date: Apr-2018
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: We estimate the wage effects of bilingual education for the first time using a reform that introduced bilingualism in Catalan schools. Variation across years of schooling and birth cohorts provides identification. We find substantial effects of bilingual education, which increases baseline returns to education by about 20%. Robustness checks show that effects stem from exposure to the language-in-education reform and are neither a consequence of unobservable determinants of educational attainment nor an artifact of education-cohort specific trends in wages. The reform was mostly beneficial for individuals of non-Catalan background from low parental background, thus achieving its goal of leveling the playing field in a bilingual society.
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It is part of: Economics of Education Review, 2018, vol. 64, p. 90-101
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ISSN: 0272-7757
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Econometria, Estadística i Economia Aplicada)

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