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Type Thesis or Dissertation - unpublished thesis
Title Proficiency in English and labour market outcomes: A study of Khayelitsha/Mitchell's Plain
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2008
This study examines the relationship between dominant language fluency and labour market outcomes. The statistical analysis is based on Khayelitsha- Mitchell’s Plain – a Black and Coloured area in the Greater Cape Town Metropole. We estimate the probability of being employed as a function of the standard demographic and human capital characteristics but also include individuals’ oral and literacy skills in English. We also calculate an earnings function controlling for fluency in English. The results show English to be a major factor in finding a job. Notably, the effects of education appear to be mediated through fluency in English. English language skills are however less relevant in determining the wage level once an individual has been employed. On both labour market outcomes, the productivity effects of oral skills in English surpass those of literacy skills.\n

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