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The Economics of Language Policy (CESifo Seminar)

Michele Gazzola (Editor), Bengt-Arne Wickstrom (Editor)


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Insights from the application of economic theories and research methods to the management of linguistic diversity in an era of globalization.

In an era of globalization, issues of language diversity have economic and political implications. Transnational labor mobility, trade, social inclusion of migrants, democracy in multilingual countries, and companies' international competitiveness all have a linguistic dimension; yet economists in general do not include language as a variable in their research. This volume demonstrates that the application of rigorous economic theories and research methods to issues of language policy yields valuable insights.

The contributors offer both theoretical and empirical analyses of such topics as the impact of language diversity on economic outcomes, the distributive effects of policy regarding official languages, the individual welfare consequences of bilingualism, and the link between language and national identity. Their research is based on data from countries including Canada, India, Kazakhstan, and Indonesia and from the regions of Central America, Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Theoretical models are explained intuitively for the nonspecialist. The relationships among linguistic variables, inequality, and the economy are approached from different perspectives, including economics, sociolinguistics, and political science. For this reason, the book offers a substantive contribution to interdisciplinary work on languages in society and language policy, proposing a common framework for a shared research area.

Alisher Aldashev, Katalin Buz si, Ramon Caminal, Alexander M. Danzer, Maxime Leblanc Desgagn , Peter H. Egger, Ainhoa Aparicio Fenoll, Michele Gazzola, Victor Ginsburgh, Gilles Grenier, Fran ois Grin, Zoe Kuehn, Andrea Lassmann, Stephen May, Serge Nadeau, Suzanne Romaine, Selma K. Sonntag, Stefan Sperlich, Jos -Ram n Uriarte, Fran ois Vaillancourt, Shlomo Weber, Bengt-Arne Wickstr m, Lauren Zentz

MIT Press, 9780262034708, 520pp.

Publication Date: September 30, 2016