Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to estimate the return to multiple language usage in the workplace. Design/methodology/approach – This article aims to estimate the effect that using an additional language at work has on earnings for a sample of workers in the European Community Household Panel survey. OLS and fixed‐effects specifications of log‐earnings regressions are estimated by country with controls for standard human capital, job, and personal characteristics. Findings: – The results indicate that the use of a second language in the workplace raises earnings by 3 to 5 percent in several Western European nations, with even greater returns found in some. The estimated returns are found to be correlated with the extent of tourism in the country, but not other measures of trade. Originality/value – This is the first paper to estimate returns to usage of an additional language in the workplace across the European Union, and contributes to our knowledge of the benefits of multi‐lingualism.
International Journal of Manpower – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jul 12, 2011
Keywords: Language usage; Human capital; Returns to education; Earnings; Languages; Western Europe
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