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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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