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Welfare-optimal Status Planning of Minority Languages: An Economic Approach

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  • Bengt-Arne Wickström

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We analyze normatively determined distributions of language rights in multilingual settings. It is shown in a welfare-maximizing model where rights today influence the status of a language in the future, that the “naïve” ex ante cost-benefit analysis has to be augmented in various directions. This has its roots in the dynamic aspect of the rights and the resulting endogeneity of preferences as well as in the discrete character of rights. It is shown how efficiency and distribution considerations are affected by these considerations.

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  • Bengt-Arne Wickström, 2011. "Welfare-optimal Status Planning of Minority Languages: An Economic Approach," CESifo Working Paper Series 3427, CESifo Group Munich.
  • Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_3427
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    1. Victor Ginsburgh & Ignacio Ortuño-Ortín & Shlomo Weber, 2005. "Disenfranchisement In Linguistically Diverse Societies: The Case Of The European Union," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 3(4), pages 946-965, June.
    2. Jeffrey Church & Ian King, 1993. "Bilingualism and Network Externalities," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 26(2), pages 337-345, May.
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    Keywords

    minority rights; changeable preferences; dynamic preferences; welfare function; second-best analysis; overlapping generations;

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    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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