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The Spanish or the German apartment? Study abroad and the acquisition of permanent skills


Sorrenti, Giuseppe (2017). The Spanish or the German apartment? Study abroad and the acquisition of permanent skills. Economics of Education Review, 60:142-158.

Abstract

In Europe, more than 250,0 0 0 university students spend one or two semesters abroad every year. This study explores whether a short time abroad contributes to the acquisition of foreign language proficiency. We use a newly available dataset about almost the totality of Italian graduates and two alternative in- struments to address the endogeneity of studying abroad. Both instruments display similar results. The effect of studying abroad on foreign language proficiency is remarkable, although extremely heteroge- neous across languages. Languages more rewarded by the labor market are those that are harder to learn in a short time abroad.

Abstract

In Europe, more than 250,0 0 0 university students spend one or two semesters abroad every year. This study explores whether a short time abroad contributes to the acquisition of foreign language proficiency. We use a newly available dataset about almost the totality of Italian graduates and two alternative in- struments to address the endogeneity of studying abroad. Both instruments display similar results. The effect of studying abroad on foreign language proficiency is remarkable, although extremely heteroge- neous across languages. Languages more rewarded by the labor market are those that are harder to learn in a short time abroad.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords:Study abroad, permanent individual skills, foreign language proficiency, labor market assets
Language:English
Date:October 2017
Deposited On:26 Jan 2018 14:10
Last Modified:19 Feb 2018 10:52
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0272-7757
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econedurev.2017.07.001

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