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The Economics of Language Policy

Michele Gazzola and Bengt-Arne Wickström


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 ... More

Keywords: Language diversity, Language policy, Economic outcomes, Distributive effects, Welfare consequences of bilingualism, National identity, Linguistic variables, Sociolinguistics, Sub-Saharan Africa, Indonesia

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780262034708
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034708.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michele Gazzola, editor
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Bengt-Arne Wickström, editor
Andrássy-Universität Budapest

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Michele Gazzola and Bengt-Arne Wickström

I A Map and a Compass of Language Economics

2 A Concise Bibliography of Language Economics

Michele Gazzola, François Grin, and Bengt-Arne Wickström

II Linguistic Diversity, Welfare, and Language Policies

6 Economic Theory and Minority Language

José Ramón Uriarte and Stefan Sperlich

III Language as Human Capital

9 Bilingualism and Economic Performance

Alisher Aldashev and Alexander M. Danzer

IV Trade and Mobility

V Globalization, Inequality, and Politics

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