Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/107531
Authors: 
Budría, Santiago
Swedberg, Pablo
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8748
Abstract: 
This article uses micro-data from the Spanish National Immigrant Survey to analyze the acquisition of Spanish language skills for immigrants in Spain. The motivation of the paper is threefold. Language skills are important for an individual's labour market performance, Spain offers an important non-English speaking country instance and the main novelty of our paper is to explore the impact of speaking multiple foreign languages on host language learning for immigrants. The results reveal a strong positive association between multilingualism and the probability of reporting good or very good Spanish language proficiency for immigrants in Spain.
Subjects: 
immigration
language proficiency
education
JEL: 
J15
J24
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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