The educational consequences of language proficiency for young children

Yuxin Yao, Asako Ohinata, Jan van Ours

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Our paper studies the educational consequences of language proficiency by investigating the relationship between dialect-speaking and academic performance of 5–6 year old children in the Netherlands. We find that dialect-speaking has a modestly negative effect on boys’ language test scores. In addition, we study whether there are spillover effects of peers’ dialect-speaking on test scores. We find no evidence for spillover effect of peers’ dialect-speaking. The test scores of neither Dutch-speaking children nor dialect-speaking children are affected by the share of dialect-speaking peers in the classroom.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
JournalEconomics of Education Review
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016


  • dialect-speaking
  • test scores
  • spillover effects


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