The impact of English-French bilingualism on wages in Canada

dc.contributor.advisorPeters, Paul
dc.contributor.authorPelletier, Rachelle
dc.description.abstractAlthough several studies have claimed to provide evidence of a wage premium for English-French bilingual Canadians, so far only one study by Christofides and Swidinsky (2010) has distinguished between the effects of language knowledge and language use on wages. This study addresses this gap by analyzing the impact of English-French bilingualism on wages in Canada using data from the 2011 National Household Survey. The results suggest that in Quebec, employers value bilingualism regardless of whether both languages are used at work, with wage premiums ranging from 4.4 to 33.4 percent depending on gender and language use. Outside of Quebec, once occupation and industry are controlled for, no evidence is found that a wage premium exists for bilingual men, however bilingual women appear to receive a 6.2 to 13.4 percent premium if they actually use both languages at work, depending on which of the two languages is used most often.
dc.description.copyright© Rachelle J. Pelletier, 2017
dc.description.noteA Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in the Graduate Academic Unit of Economics
dc.description.noteM.A. University of New Brunswick, Department of Economics, 2017.
dc.format.extentvii, 40 pages
dc.identifier.oclcOCLC #1350488213
dc.identifier.otherThesis 9967
dc.publisherUniversity of New Brunswick
dc.subject.lcshWages -- Canada -- Statistics.
dc.subject.lcshBilingualism -- Canada -- Statistics.
dc.subject.lcshBilingualism -- Economic aspects -- Canada.
dc.subject.lcshBilingualism -- Economic aspects -- Québec (Province)
dc.subject.lcshWages -- Case studies.
dc.titleThe impact of English-French bilingualism on wages in Canada
dc.typemaster thesis of Arts of New Brunswick
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