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Trade and the adoption of a universal language

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  • Choi, E. Kwan

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This paper investigates long run consequences of international trade between two economies inhabited by two distinct races using different languages. If wages are not equal in autarky, free trade encourages the workers of the low-wage country to learn the language of the high-wage country. As the bilingual population increases in the low-wage country, products are increasingly produced in the dominant language version. In the long run the language of the high-wage country becomes universally adopted.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Review of Economics & Finance.

Volume (Year): 11 (2002)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 265-275

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Handle: RePEc:eee:reveco:v:11:y:2002:i:3:p:265-275

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  1. Buzasi, Katalin, 2012. "Does colonialism have an impact on the current language situation in Sub-Saharan Africa?," MPRA Paper 42791, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Selmier, W. Travis & Oh, Chang Hoon, 2012. "International business complexity and the internationalization of languages," Business Horizons, Elsevier, vol. 55(2), pages 189-200.
  3. Kandogan, Yener, 2011. "Determinants of individuals' preference for cross-cultural literacy: Role of international trade potential," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 46(3), pages 328-336, July.
  4. Antonis Adam & James McHugh & Theodora Kosma, 2003. "Trade Liberalization Strategies," IMF Working Papers 03/239, International Monetary Fund.
  5. Lien, Donald & Oh, Chang Hoon & Selmier, W. Travis, 2012. "Confucius institute effects on China's trade and FDI: Isn't it delightful when folks afar study Hanyu?," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 21(1), pages 147-155.
  6. Round, Jeffery I. & Odedokun, Matthew, 2004. "Aid effort and its determinants," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 13(3), pages 293-309.

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