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Brexit and multilingualism in the European Union

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  • Victor Ginsburgh
  • Juan D. Moreno-Ternero

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The EU spends more than one billion euros per year, translating and interpreting, to preserve multilingualism. We examine how this budget should be fairly allocated, taking into account linguistic and economic realities of each member country. Our analysis helps to estimate the value of keeping English as a procedural language (in fact, almost a lingua franca) in the post-Brexit EU, where just about one percent of its population will have it as native language.

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  • Victor Ginsburgh & Juan D. Moreno-Ternero, 2020. "Brexit and multilingualism in the European Union," Working Papers ECARES 2020-16, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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    Multilingualism; European Union; budget sharing; lexical distances; Brexit;
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    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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