Jain, Tarun (2011): Common tongue: The impact of language on economic performance.
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This paper investigates the impact of language on economic performance. I use the 1956 reorganization of Indian states on linguistic lines as a natural experiment to estimate the impact of speaking the majority language on educational and occupational outcomes. I find that districts that spoke the majority language of the state during colonial times enjoy persistent economic benefits, as evidenced by higher educational achievement and employment in communication intensive sectors. After reorganization, historically minority language districts experience greater growth in educational achievement, indicating that reassignment could reverse the impact of history.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Common tongue: The impact of language on economic performance|
|Keywords:||Language, Communication costs, Education, Occupational choice, Reorganization of Indian states|
|Subjects:||I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education and Research Insititutions > I20 - General
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O4 - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity > O43 - Institutions and Growth
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O15 - Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
N - Economic History > N9 - Regional and Urban History > N95 - Asia including Middle East
|Depositing User:||Tarun Jain|
|Date Deposited:||01. Nov 2011 16:31|
|Last Modified:||13. Feb 2013 07:45|
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