Using novel methodological approaches and new data, The Bilingual Advantage draws together researchers from education, economics, sociology, anthropology and linguistics to examine the economic and employment benefits of bilingualism in the US labor market, countering past research that shows no such benefits exist.
The Value of Bilingualism and the Seal of Biliteracy In the California Labor Market
The implementation of the State Seal of Biliteracy in 2012, and the fact that even in the first year about 10,000 graduating seniors were able to receive the SSB prompted us at the Civil Rights Project to ask, What will this mean for these students, how might it affect their postsecondary options and will it have any value in the labor market? To answer this last question, we conducted a statewide survey of employers in late 2012 and early 2013 to see how they might view a potential employee who holds the seal. We also contacted a number of colleges and universities to see if they would be incorporating the seal into their reviews of applicants.