Award Date

1-1-2005

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Economics

First Committee Member

Bradley Wimmer

Number of Pages

49

Abstract

This study will look to expand on the work that has been done in regards to the earnings of Hispanics. When compared to other minority groups, Hispanics traditionally earn less. The average household income for Hispanics is 22% less than the national average household income of {dollar}42,000 a year. This study will examine the effect that the language penalty, which is the estimated difference in wages between English and non-English speakers holding other important factors constant, has on the earnings of Hispanic men and women. The data used in the study is taken from the United States Census Bureau, 2000 Census of Population and Housing, Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) for the state of Nevada. By building upon theories of human capital, investments in education and the general earnings function, the study develops several models which capture the impact that the language penalty has on the wages of Hispanic men and women.

Keywords

Differential; Hispanic; Impact; Language; Men; Skills; Wages; Women

Controlled Subject

Economics; Labor economics

File Format

pdf

File Size

1064.96 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/ftn7-fo4n


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