Dialects, human capital and labour market outcomes

26 novembre 2020 12:30 - 13:30
evento online
Elona Harka, Università degli studi di Bergamo
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Persona di riferimento: 
Sergio Galletta, sergio.galletta@unibg.it
Strutture interne organizzatrici: 
Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche

Lunch Seminar Economics (LSE) - 2020/2021

Interviene: Elona Harka, Università degli studi di Bergamo 

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This paper investigates whether linguistic similarity to Standard Italian affects educational attainment and labor market outcomes, by exploiting unique micro linguistic data on dialects spoken at the beginning of the 20th century in 338 Italian municipalities. Adopting the view that, historically, dialects were the native language of the population and Standard Italian a “second” language, I advance the idea that historical dialects influence contemporary outcomes. Reduced form estimates, exploiting within province variation, show that linguistic similarity to Standard Italian is positively associated with present day educational outcomes and incidence of occupations intensive in language skills.