Language Rights: A Welfare-Economics Approach

  • Bengt-Arne Wickström


Different normative approaches to status and acquisition planning and language rights have been analysed by a number of scholars from the point of view of law, political science, philosophy, sociology and economics.1 In this essay, though we present a stringent analytic approach based on welfare-economics theory, we do not reject other approaches. On the contrary, language rights is such a multifaceted phenomenon that many approaches are indeed needed, and they can fertilize one another, laying bare the weak points of one or another point of view.


Language Policy Income Effect Income Elasticity Social Planner Language Group 
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