A Spatial Economic Perspective on Language Acquisition : Segregation , Networking and Assimilation of Immigrants

  title={A Spatial Economic Perspective on Language Acquisition : Segregation , Networking and Assimilation of Immigrants},
  author={Raymond J. G. M. Florax and Thomas de Graaff and Brigitte S. Waldorf},
Immigration and multiculturalism are at the heart of modern western societies. The issue of language acquisition of immigrants is intrinsically linked to immigration. We formally link language acquisition of immigrants to the relative size of the immigrant stock, employing a microeconomic trading framework. Our model allows for spatial interaction going beyond the immigrant’s area of residence, and explicitly incorporates spatial segregation. In addition, behavioral differences of immigrants… CONTINUE READING

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