Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/251485
Authors: 
Huber, Matthias
Übelmesser, Silke
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
Jena Economic Research Papers No. 2021-019
Publisher: 
Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Jena
Abstract: 
This paper focuses on foreign language learning as human capital investment or consumption. We apply the human capital investment framework to foreign language learning and enlarge it by adding consumption motives. Based on a novel dataset collected from language course participants in 14 countries worldwide, we estimate individual and country-level determinants of the different motives for language learning and of the expected use of language skills in the labour market. We highlight possible spillovers from the consumption motive to professional use in the labour market, which emerge mostly in a "tied-mover" context. This provides guidance for targeted migration and integration policies.
Subjects: 
Language learning
new dataset
human capital investment
consumption
JEL: 
C82
E21
E22
F15
F22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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