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The economics of language policy

Author: Michele Gazzola; Bengt-Arne Wickström
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, 2017.
Series: CESifo seminar series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In an era of globalisation, issues of language diversity have economic and political implications. Transnational labour 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michele Gazzola; Bengt-Arne Wickström
ISBN: 9780262335980 0262335980 9780262335973 0262335972
OCLC Number: 992481146
Notes: Previously issued in print: 2016.
Target Audience: Specialized.
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Contents: Series Foreword; Introduction; Economics and Language Policy; How This Book Is Organized A Map and a Compass of Language Economics; Conclusions; Notes; References; I A Map and a Compass of Language Economics; 1 Fifty Years of Economics in Language Policy: Critical Assessment and Priorities; 1.1 Introduction; 1.2 Toward a Mental Map of Language Economics; 1.2 Interdisciplinarity, Relevance, and LPP (Language Policy and Planning); 1.3 Does Language Economics Do Any Good to the Language Disciplines?; 1.5 Priorities; Appendix: Mental Map of Language and Explanation of Symbols Used. NotesReferences; 2 A Concise Bibliography of Language Economics; 2.1 Introduction; 2.2 Surveys and Meta-Level Analyses; 2.3 Economics of Language Corpus; 2.4 Economics of Language Status; Notes; References to the Introduction; II Linguistic Diversity, Welfare, and Language Policies; 3 Linguistic Diversity, Standardization, and Disenfranchisement: Measurement and Consequences; 3.1 Introduction; 3.2 Basic Concepts; 3.3 Fractionalization and Polarization; 3.4 Standardization; 3.5 Disenfranchisement; 3.6 Conclusions; Notes; References. 4 Distribution of the Benefits and Costs of Canada's Federal Official Languages Policy: Results for 20014.1 Introduction; 4.2 Costs and Benefits of Two Official Languages in Canada; 4.3 Methodology for Ascertaining the Distribution of the Costs and Benefits of the Federal Official Language Policy; 4.4 Results; 4.5 Conclusion; Notes; References; 5 Economic Value of Reciprocal Bilingualism; 5.1 Introduction; 5.2 Distribution of Language Skills in Bilingual Societies; 5.3 The Benchmark Model; 5.4 Analysis of the Benchmark Model; 5.5 Extensions; 5.6 Concluding Remarks; Appendix; Notes; References. 6 Economic Theory and Minority Language6.1 Introduction; 6.2 Type of Societies and Languages; 6.3 Knowledge and Use of a Minority Language; 6.4 A Model of Minority Language Use; 6.5 The Equilibrium; 6.6 Cognitive and Politeness Attached to Strategy s1; 6.7 Cognitive and Politeness Features Attached to Strategy s2; 6.8 Relative Popularities of s2 and s1; 6.9 Relation with the Language Economics Literature; 6.10 Suggestions for Policy Makers; 6.11 Conclusions; Appendix: Matrix of Expected Payoffs of the Language Use Game; Notes; References. 7 Languages and National Identity in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Multilevel Approach7.1 Introduction; 7.2 Related Literature; 7.3 Data and Variables; 7.4 Empirical Analysis; 7.5 Conclusion and Suggested Research Steps; Appendix A; Appendix B: Technical Details on the Index of Communication Potential (ICP); Appendix C: Principal Component Analysis (Used to Reveal Socioeconomic Status of Respondents); Appendix D; Notes; References; III Language as Human Capital; 8 English as the Lingua franca and the Economic Value of Other Languages: The Case of the Language of Work in the Montreal Labor M.
Series Title: CESifo seminar series.
Responsibility: Michele Gazzola and Bengt-Arne Wickström.

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