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Bilingualism and Network Externalities

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  • Jeffrey Church
  • Ian King

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The authors develop a model in which the benefit of language acquisition is increasing in the number of individuals who speak the language. This gives rise to a network externality and, if language acquisition is costly, the language acquisition decisions by individuals may be inefficient. If the available policy instruments affect all members of a language group homogeneously, then policies that effectively subsidize language acquisition are warranted only for the majority language.

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  • Jeffrey Church & Ian King, 1993. "Bilingualism and Network Externalities," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 26(2), pages 337-345, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:26:y:1993:i:2:p:337-45
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