Russian language skills and employment in the Former Soviet Union
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During the Soviet era, proficiency in the Russian language was often a ticket to attractive employment opportunities in the member republics. Does it still contribute to securing employment in the former Soviet republics after two decades of transition? Using data from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia in the years 2008-2010, this paper demonstrates that Russian language skills remain economically valuable. The baseline estimates suggest that Russian language skills increase probability of employment by about 6 (males) and 9 (females) percentage points. Our results bear important implications for the ongoing debates on language policies in the post-Soviet countries.
This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Duncan, A. and Mavisakalyan, A. 2015. Russian language skills and employment in the Former Soviet Union. Economics of Transition. 23 (3): pp. 625-656, which has been published in final form at 10.1111/ecot.12075. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving at http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828039.html
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