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Observatoire Économie-Langues-Formation (ÉLF), University of Geneva

Observatoire Économie-Langues-Formation (ÉLF), University of Geneva
Observatoire Économie-Langues-Formation (ÉLF)
FTI, University of Geneva
40 Bd du Pont-d’Arve
CH – 1211 Genève 4
T: +41 (0)22 379 95 80
Prof. Dr. François Grin, francois.grin@unige.ch
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The “Economics, languages and training” Observatory (Observatoire ELF) is specialised in the economics of language and multilingualism, as well as in the selection, design and evaluation of public policies in these areas. Applications address issues that range from the promotion of minority languages to the efficiency of bilingual education, from migrant integration policies to the micro- and macroeconomic value of language skills. Researchers from the Observatoire ELF are frequently invited to provide expertise and advice to various international organisations, as well as national or regional authorities. The Observatoire ELF is affiliated to the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting (FTI) of the University of Geneva. It is a flexible structure made up of researchers and instructors otherwise employed at the University, of researchers employed in projects carried out by the Observatoire, and of associate researchers who are typically staff members at other universities but who work with the Observatoire on various projects.

Research areas

  • Language economics, economics of multilingualism, language policy and planning, diversity management, evaluation
  • Efficiency and fairness in language policy
  • Education economics and language teaching
  • Management of multilingual communication
  • Multilingualism, management and business
  • Language skills on the labour market, language in international trade, language and economic development
  • Language policies, language dynamics and globalization
  • Language regimes (official and working languages) in international organizations
  • Protection and promotion of minority languages; majority-minority relations
  • Languages and migrant integration
  • Economics of translation


Language economy, Language policies, Language minorities, Linguistic integration, Migration, Organisation, Foreign-language education, Language dynamics, Languages in the workplace