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Foreign languages’ acquisition: self learning and linguistic schools

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  • GABSZEWICZ, Jean

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    (Université catholique de Louvain, CORE, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)

  • GINSBURGH, Victor

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    (Université Libre de Bruxelles, ECARES, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium and Université catholique de Louvain, CORE, B- 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)

  • LAUSSEL, Didier

    (Université de la Méditerranée, Aix-en-Provence, France)

  • WEBER, Shlomo

    (Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA and New Economic School, Moscow, Russia)

Abstract

We examine patterns of acquiring non-native languages in a model with two linguistic communities with heterogeneous learning skills, where every individual faces the choice of self-learning the foreign language or acquiring it at a profit-maximizing linguistic school. We consider a one-school model with divisions in both communities and various two-school settings with a school in each community. We compare the number of learners and welfare implications under self- learning with those obtained under various schooling contexts. In particular, we show that for communities with similar size, introducing language schools always increases the number of learners with respect to the exclusive self-learning option.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2010073.

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Keywords: communicative benefits; linguistic equilibrium; learning costs;

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