The economic value of reciprocal bilingualism
Ramon Caminal ()
UFAE and IAE Working Papers from Unitat de Fonaments de l'Anàlisi Econòmica (UAB) and Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (CSIC)
Some bilingual societies exhibit a distribution of language skills that can- not be explained by economic theories that portray languages as pure commu- nication devices. Such distribution of skills are typically the result of public policies that promote bilingualism among members of both speech commu- nities (reciprocal bilingualism). In this paper I argue that these policies are likely to increase social welfare by diminishing economic and social segmenta- tion between the two communities. However, these gains tend to be unequally distributed over the two communities. As a result, in a large range of circum- stances these policies might not draw su¢ cient support. The model is built upon the communicative value of languages, but also emphasizes the role of linguistic preferences in the behavior of bilingual individuals..
Keywords: bilingualism; segmentation; linguistic preferences; network externalities (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I28 J15 J42 Z10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Working Paper: The Economic Value of Reciprocal Bilingualism (2013)
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