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New Discussion Paper on Language Proficiency and Homeownership in the U.S.

News from Mar 22, 2023

New discussion paper by M. Luik, M. Steinhardt, and S. Voß on "Language Proficiency and Homeownership: Evidence from U.S. Immigrants"

In their work they provide causal evidence on the relationship between immigrant host country language proficiency and homeownership. Using an instrumental variable strategy, they find a substantial positive impact of language skills on the propensity to own a home and the quality of housing. While this effect is mediated by education and household income, the estimates also speak in favor of a direct effect. The results highlight the importance of host-country-specific human capital and, in particular, language proficiency for socio-economic assimilation.


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