The Palgrave Handbook of Economics and Language

  • Victor Ginsburgh
  • Shlomo Weber

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Victor Ginsburgh, Shlomo Weber
      Pages 1-13
  3. Linguistic Diversity: Origins and Measurement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Mark Leikin
      Pages 121-136
    3. Enrico Spolaore, Romain Wacziarg
      Pages 174-211
    4. Efthymios Athanasiou, Juan D. Moreno-Ternero, Shlomo Weber
      Pages 212-230
    5. Niall Bond, Victor Ginsburgh
      Pages 231-260
  4. Languages and Markets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. Peter H. Egger, Farid Toubal
      Pages 263-289
    3. Susanne Tietze, Nigel Holden, Wilhelm Barner-Rasmussen
      Pages 312-341
    4. Alícia Adserà, Mariola Pytliková
      Pages 342-372
    5. Johan Heilbron, Gisèle Sapiro
      Pages 373-402
    6. Dietmar Harhoff, Karin Hoisl, Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, Charlotte Vandeput
      Pages 403-422
  5. Linguistic Policies and Economic Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 423-423
    2. Klaus Desmet, Ignacio Ortuño-Ortín, Romain Wacziarg
      Pages 425-446
  6. Globalization and Minority Languages

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 581-581
    2. Jacques Melitz
      Pages 583-615
    3. François Grin
      Pages 616-658
    4. Bengt-Arne Wickström
      Pages 659-688
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 712-748

About this book


In this handbook Victor Ginsburgh and Shlomo Weber bring together methodological, theoretical, and empirical studies in the economics of language in a single framework of linguistic diversity that reflects the history and contemporary study of the topic. The impact of linguistic diversity on economic outcomes and public policies has been studied not only by economists and other social scientists in the contemporary era, but all the way back to the 19th century by geographer and naturalist, Alexander von Humboldt, who emphasized the importance of language in the framework of cultural experience.

This interdependence of language and culture is reflected through the chapters in this handbook which have been written by leading economists, linguists and political scientists from universities in the United States, Australia, Russia, Israel, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. The contributions are divided into four parts. Part I examines linguistic concepts that forge common ground between economists, political scientists, sociologists and linguists, and introduces the notion of linguistic proximity extensively utilized in various chapters of the volume. Part II assesses the impact of languages on market interactions, including international trade, patent protection, migration, and use of languages in ancient and modern business environments. Part III focuses on the link between linguistic policies and economic development, including the analysis of regional development in Asia, Africa, Europe and Russia. Part IV addresses issues of globalization, minority languages and the protection of linguistic rights in multilingual societies.


Economics of language linguistic diversity measurement of diversity ethnolinguistic fractionalization culture globalization minority languages translation economic development languages and migration languages and trade languages and emotion language evolution econometrics economics efficiency equilibrium international trade language and culture linguistics modeling multilingual welfare

Editors and affiliations

  • Victor Ginsburgh
    • 1
  • Shlomo Weber
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of BrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Southern Methodist UniversityDallasUSA
  3. 3.Center for Study of Diversity and Social InteractionsNew Economic SchoolMoscowRussia

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