ERIC Number: ED196262
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Differences in Earnings by Language Groups in Quebec, 1970: An Economic Analysis.
This work puts forward a framework that takes into account the roles of the languages known by an individual in explaining his labor earnings. First, two different strands of literature are surveyed: (1) the material on labor earnings determination viewed through capital, discrimination, and supply and demand type models; and (2) the works on what can be called the economics of language. An earnings equation is then put forth that includes, as an explanatory variable, language and its role as an ethnic attribute and a form of human capital. The sample used in the statistical data is then described, and a correlation of relevant economic factors is made to the income differences between English-speaking and French-speaking groups in Quebec. A statistical analysis is then detailed concerning the labor earnings of Quebec males as they relate to their education, language, and job experience. Further, attempts are made to estimate the contributions of ethnicity to differences in earnings between Anglophones and Francophones. This contribution is then compared to that found in other labor markets where ethnicity was shown to be a relevant factor. (Author/PJM)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Laval Univ., Quebec (Quebec). International Center for Research on Bilingualism.