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Title: The Educational Consequences of Language Proficiency for Young Children
Authors: Ohinata, Asako
van Ours, Jan C.
Yao, Yuxin
First Published: 25-Jun-2016
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Economics of Education Review, 2016, 54, pp. 1-15
Abstract: Our paper studies the educational consequences of language proficiency by investigating the relationship between dialect-speaking and academic performance of 5-6 year old children in the Netherlands. We find that dialect-speaking has a modestly negative effect on boys’ language test scores. In addition, we study whether there are spillover effects of peers’ dialect-speaking on test scores. We find no evidence for spillover effect of peers’ dialect-speaking. The test scores of neither Dutch-speaking children nor dialect-speaking children are a affected by the share of dialect-speaking peers in the classroom.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2016.05.008
ISSN: 0272-7757
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © Elsevier, 2016. After embargo this version will be an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License (, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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