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TV or not TV? Subtitling and English skills

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We study the influence of television translation techniques on the quality of the English spoken across the EU and OCDE. We identify a large positive effect for subtitled original version as opposed to dubbed television, which loosely corresponds to between four and twenty years of compulsory English education at school. We also show that the importance of subtitled television is robust to a wide array of specifications. We then find that subtitling and better English skills have an influence on high-tech exports, international student mobility, and other economic and social outcomes.

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  • Augusto Rupérez-Micola & Arturo Bris & Albert Banal-Estañol, 2009. "TV or not TV? Subtitling and English skills," Economics Working Papers 1156, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
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    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • N00 - Economic History - - General - - - General

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