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Voting on the Choice of Core Languages in the European UnionÂ

  • Jan Fidrmuc

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    (Brunel University and CEPR)

  • Victor Ginsburgh

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    (ECORE (CORE and ECARES))

  • Shlomo Weber

    ()

    (Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA, CORE, Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, and CEPR)

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.

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Paper provided by International School of Economics at TSU, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia in its series Working Papers with number 005-08.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2008
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Handle: RePEc:tbs:wpaper:08-005
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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, 06.
  2. Fidrmuc, Jan & Ginsburgh, Victor, 2007. "Languages in the European Union: The quest for equality and its cost," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 51(6), pages 1351-1369, August.
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  4. Victor Ginsburgh & Shlomo Weber, 2005. "Language Disenfranchisement in the European Union," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 43(2), pages 273-286, 06.
  5. Jan Fidrmuc & Victor Ginsburgh & Shlomo Weber, 2007. "Ever Closer Union or Babylonian Discord? The Official-language Problem in the European Union," CEDI Discussion Paper Series 07-07, Centre for Economic Development and Institutions(CEDI), Brunel University.
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