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Foreign Languages Acquisition: Self-Learning and Language Schools

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  • Gabszewicz Jean J.

    (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)

  • Ginsburgh Victor A.

    (ECARES, Brussels and CORE, Louvain-la-Neuve)

  • Laussel Didier

    (Université de la Méditerranée)

  • Weber Shlomo

    (Southern Methodist University and New Economic School)

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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  • Gabszewicz Jean J. & Ginsburgh Victor A. & Laussel Didier & Weber Shlomo, 2011. "Foreign Languages Acquisition: Self-Learning and Language Schools," Review of Network Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 10(1), pages 1-22, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:rneart:v:10:y:2011:i:1:n:1
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    1. Antonio Di Paolo & Aysit Tansel, 2015. "Returns to Foreign Language Skills in a Developing Country: The Case of Turkey," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 51(4), pages 407-421, April.
    2. Lien, Donald, 2013. "Financial effects of the Confucius Institute on Chinese language acquisition: Isn’t it delightful that friends come from afar to teach you Hanyu?," The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 24(C), pages 87-100.
    3. Armstrong, Alex, 2015. "Equilibria and efficiency in bilingual labour markets," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 112(C), pages 204-220.

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