The Economics of Language Policy (Hardback)

Michele Gazzola

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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. ContributorsAlisher Aldashev, Katalin Buzasi, Ramon Caminal, Alexander M. Danzer, Maxime Leblanc Desgagne, Peter H. Egger, Ainhoa Aparicio Fenoll, Michele Gazzola, Victor Ginsburgh, Gilles Grenier, Francois Grin, Zoe Kuehn, Andrea Lassmann, Stephen May, Serge Nadeau, Suzanne Romaine, Selma K. Sonntag, Stefan Sperlich, Jose-Ramon Uriarte, Francois Vaillancourt, Shlomo Weber, Bengt-Arne Wickstrom, Lauren Zentz


Product Details

  • Product code: AVMSL
  • ISBN: 9780262034708
  • Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
  • Format: Hardback
  • Dimensions: 16.7cm x 23.9cm
  • Pages: 520
  • Publish date: Fri Oct 21 00:00:00 BST 2016
  • Book points: 29

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