Aimee Chin is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Houston. She received her A.B. from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. Dr Chin's research is in the fields of labour and development economics, focusing on the effects of human capital investments. She has examined the role of English-language skills in the economic and social assimilation of U.S. immigrants, the effects of educational policies, and the effects of affirmative action in India. She is a research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
Does it pay to speak English in India?
20 Sep 2013
There is a widely held belief that there are sizeable economic returns to English-language skills in India. This column seeks to estimate the wage returns to English skills in India. It is found that being fluent in English increases the hourly wages of men by 34% and of women by 22%. But the effects vary. Returns are higher for older and more educated workers and lower for less educated, younger workers, suggesting that the complementarity between English skills and education appears to have strengthened over time.
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