Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/125428
Authors: 
Grenier, Gilles
Year of Publication: 
2015
Citation: 
[Journal:] IZA World of Labor [ISSN:] 2054-9571 [Year:] 2015 [Issue:] 205
Abstract: 
In today’s globalized world, people are increasingly mobile and often need to communicate across different languages. Learning a new language is an investment in human capital. Migrants must learn the language of their destination country, but even non-migrants must often learn other languages if their work involves communicating with foreigners. Economic studies have shown that fluency in a dominant language is important to economic success and increases economic efficiency. However, maintaining linguistic diversity also has value since language is also an expression of people’s culture.
Subjects: 
language
human capital
immigration
lingua franca
English
linguistic diversity
JEL: 
J15
J18
J26
J61
H41
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Article

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