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How Many Languages Do We Need?: The Economics of Linguistic Diversity

Victor Ginsburgh and Shiomo Weber


In the global economy, linguistic diversity influences economic and political development as well as public policies in positive and negative ways. It leads to financial costs, communication barriers, divisions in national unity, and, in some extreme cases, conflicts and war—but it also produces benefits related to group and individual identity. What are the specific advantages and disadvantages of linguistic diversity and how does it influence social and economic progress? This book examines linguistic diversity as a global social phenomenon and considers what degree of linguistic variety mig ... More

Keywords: linguistic diversity, individual identity, group identity, economic progress, core language, multilingual community, global economy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691136899
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691136899.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victor Ginsburgh, author
Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Shiomo Weber, author
Singapore Management University