The Effects of Language on Salary: South Africa
Arts and Sciences
Economics/ Political Science and International Relations
In this paper, I explore the relationship between the language spoken outside of the household with monthly salary in South Africa, using data from the University of Cape Town’s 2016 general household survey. Most of the literature on language economics focuses around immigration and language. Previous literature on English language proficiency and earnings in South Africa has provided a foundation for my study, though I took it a step farther to test the expected monthly salary of each indigenous language, compared to English. The study is rooted in the fact that language is capital. My study finds that if you speak any indigenous language outside of the household, your expected monthly salary is significantly less than if you speak English.
Pratt, Caroline, "The Effects of Language on Salary: South Africa" (2019). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 822.