Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/110451
Authors: 
Sprietsma, Maresa
Pfeil, Lisa
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 15-033
Abstract: 
We investigate the effect of peer group composition on language improvement in language classes for adults. Using unique survey data of migrants participating in an intensive language course in Germany, we find that the age and skill composition of groups affect skill acquisition as assessed by the teacher. Moreover, groups that are more heterogenuous in terms of regions of origin on average obtain improvements in language skills with a higher probability.
Subjects: 
language skills
peer effects
migrants
JEL: 
I21
I28
J15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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