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Title:Welfare-optimal status planning of minority languages: An economic approach PDF Logo
Authors:Wickström, Bengt-Arne
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper: Public Finance 3427
Abstract:We analyze normatively determined distributions of language rights in multilingual settings. It is shown in a welfare-maximizing model where rights today influence the status of a language in the future, that the 'naive' ex ante cost-benefit analysis has to be augmented in various directions. This has its roots in the dynamic aspect of the rights and the resulting endogeneity of preferences as well as in the discrete character of rights. It is shown how efficiency and distribution considerations are affected by these considerations.
Subjects:minority rights
changeable preferences
dynamic preferences
welfare function
second-best analysis
overlapping generations
JEL:D63
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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