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Voting on the choice of core languages in the European Union

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  • FIDRMUC, Jan
  • GINSBURGH, Victor
  • WEBER, Shlomo

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Extensive multilingualism is one of the most important and fundamental principles of the European Union (EU). However, a large number of languages (currently 23) hinders communication and imposes substantial financial and legal costs. On the other hand, the reduction of the number of languages would disenfranchise some or many EU citizens. We use the results of a survey on languages and argue that even though a linguistic reform reducing the number of languages is unlikely to gain sufficient political support today, this may change in the future since young people are more proficient at speaking foreign languages. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers RP with number -2131.

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Note: In : European Journal of Political Economy, 25, 56-62, 2009
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  1. FIDRMUC, Jan & GINSBURGH, Victor, . "Languages in the European Union: The quest for equality and its cost," CORE Discussion Papers RP -2028, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
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  1. Aguiar-Conraria, Luís & Magalhães, Pedro C., 2010. "How quorum rules distort referendum outcomes: Evidence from a pivotal voter model," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 26(4), pages 541-557, December.
  2. Muravyev, Alexander & Talavera, Oleksandr, 2010. "Can State Language Policies Distort Students' Demand for Higher Education?," IZA Discussion Papers 5411, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Victor Ginsburgh & Shlomo Weber, 2013. "Culture, languages, and economics," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/152122, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  4. Hillman, Arye L., 2010. "Expressive behavior in economics and politics," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 26(4), pages 403-418, December.
  5. Kaniovski, Serguei & Mueller, Dennis C., 2011. "How representative is the European Union Parliament?," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 27(1), pages 61-74, March.

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