Language Skills and Labor Market Performance of Immigrants in the Netherlands

Y. Yao, J.C. van Ours

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Many immigrants in the Netherlands have poor Dutch language skills. They face problems in speaking and reading Dutch. Our paper investigates how these prob-
lems affect their labor market performance in terms of employment, hours of work
and wages. We find that for female immigrants language problems have signifi-
cantly negative effects on hourly wages but not on employment probability and
hours of work. For male immigrants language problems do not affect employment
probability, hours of work or hourly wages.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2015

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NameCentER Discussion Paper


  • Language skills
  • immigrants
  • labor market performance


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