Bonding and Bridging Social Capital: The Determinants of English Language Fluency and Its Effects on the Labour Market Outcome of International Students in Ireland

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Title: Bonding and Bridging Social Capital: The Determinants of English Language Fluency and Its Effects on the Labour Market Outcome of International Students in Ireland
Authors: Wang, Zizhen
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/11786
Date: 25-Mar-2020
Online since: 2020-12-08T11:36:24Z
Abstract: This study investigates the extent to which social capital influences the English fluency ofinternational students in Ireland and how language skills affect their earnings in the Irish labour market upon graduation. Two different forms of social capital are identified: ‘Bonding’ refers to the connections within international students’ co-national groups; ‘Bridging’ is used in reference to the ties these students create with those beyond their national communities, such as with the host country’s locals or other international students. The main findings suggest that: (1) Bridging social capital with Irish people is found to have a significant positive effect on international students’ English fluency. (2) English fluency, bonding social capital with co-nationals, as well as bridging social capital with Irish are all found to have positive effects on graduates’ monthly salary after correcting for endogeneity. In closing, implications are discussed.
Funding Details: China Scholarship Council
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Economic and Social Studies
Journal: The Economic and Social Review
Volume: 51
Issue: 1
Start page: 35
End page: 61
Keywords: Economics of languageImmigrantsSocial capitalEnglish fluencyWages
Other versions: https://www.esr.ie/article/view/1385
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 0012-9984
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
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