Journal Article

The German Language Worldwide: a New Data Set on Language Learning

Silke Uebelmesser, Matthias Huber and Severin Weingarten

in CESifo Economic Studies

Published on behalf of CESifo

Volume 64, issue 1, pages 103-121
Published in print March 2018 | ISSN: 1610-241X
Published online March 2018 | e-ISSN: 1612-7501 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cesifo/ify007
The German Language Worldwide: a New Data Set on Language Learning

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Abstract

This article presents a comprehensive overview of German language learning for more than 100 countries (including Germany) over a period of 50 years. We provide new and unique data from the Goethe Institut, a German cultural institute, which offers language courses and standardized exams. These data contain information about the supply of language learning opportunities, that is the number and the geographic distribution of institutes, and the demand in the form of course and exam registrations. These data do not only show the development of language learning for the German language over time, they also underline common trends and heterogeneities across regions. (JEL codes: C82, Y10, F15, F22).

Keywords: language learning; German language; new data sets; panel data; migration; trade

Journal Article.  7539 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Data Collection and Date Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs ; Economics ; International Trade ; International Factor Movements and International Business

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