Sunday, June 25, 2006

Economics can be interesting

Legislate learning English? If only it were so easy - New York Times:
It turns out that children whose immigrant parents came to the United States when young do just about the same in school regardless of whether the parents came from English-speaking or non-English-speaking countries. But the situation is different for children whose parents were older when they arrived. The children from non-English-speaking households do much worse than English-speaking ones. They are less likely to go to preschool and much more likely to drop out of high school.
These are some of the results reported by two economists, Hoyt Bleakley, of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and Aimee Chin, of the University of Houston in their study "

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