FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2004 .004

Languages Disenfranchisement in the European Union


Authors: Shlomo Weber, Victor Ginsburgh
Series: Economy and Society
Editor: Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano
Type: Journal
Keywords: Languages,Disenfranchisement,European Union
JEL n.: D70,O52,Z13
JEL: Journal of Common Market Studies
Pages: Vol. 43, No. 2, pp. 273-286
Date: 6/2005

Abstract

We introduce the notion of language disenfranchisement which arises if the number of EU working languages is reduced. We use the data on language proficiency in EU and show that, in spite of the widespread knowledge of English, the retention of French and German as working languages in essential to avoid a too large degree of disenfranchisement of citizens. The picture, however, becomes somewhat different if we consider the population under age of 40. We also argue that even though French is the second leading language within the EU, the situation is likely to be reversed after the enlargement.

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