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A Macro-level Analysis of Adult-age Language Learning

Silke Uebelmesser () and Severin Weingarten

No 6511, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo Group Munich

Abstract: This article investigates the macro-level drivers of adult-age language learning. We construct a new dataset that covers German language learning in 77 countries (including Germany) for 1992-2006. Fixed-effects regressions show that language learning in the EU is strongly associated with immigration. Instead, immigration by non-EU citizens in associated with language learning in Germany. Additionally, trade flows are strongly associated with language learning in non-EU high-income economies.

Keywords: language skills; language learning; migration; migrant networks; migration policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 J24 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017
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