The labor market benefits of bilingualism: The case of Costa Rica

Authors: Suráyabi Ramírez y Alejandro Abarca This paper estimates the job market benefits of bilingualism in Costa Rica for the 2005-2017 period. Our estimates show that for all wage earners, English speakers have a monthly wage that is 20.6% higher than their non-English-speaking counterparts. While for private sector workers, the premium estimated is 28.4%. Furthermore,…