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Acquiring foreign languages: a two-sided market approach

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  • Jean Jaskold Gabszewicz
  • Victor Ginsburgh
  • Didier Laussel
  • Shlomo Weber

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We examine patterns of acquiring non-native languages in a model with two languages corresponding to two populations with heterogeneous learning skills, where every individual faces the choice of self learning the foreign language or refraining from doing so. We then introduce a profit-maximizing international school with two divisions (one in each population) so that each individual may now also choose to learn the other language at school. Comparative statics are analyzed in each model, and the solutions of both models are compared.

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series Working Papers ECARES with number 2010_007.

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Date of creation: 2010
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  1. Victor Ginsburgh & Ignacio Ortuno-Ortin & Shlomo Weber, 2007. "Learning foreign languages: theoretical and empirical implications of the Selten and Pool model," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/7274, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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