TV or Not TV? Subtitling and English Skills

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Augusto Rupérez Micola

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Arturo Bris

IMD International; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Yale University - International Center for Finance

Albert Banal-Estañol

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Department of Economics and Business (DEB); City University London - Department of Economics

Date Written: March 5, 2009

Abstract

We study the influence of television translation techniques on the quality of the English spoken across the EU and OCDE. We identify a large positive effect for subtitled original version as opposed to dubbed television, which loosely corresponds to between four and twenty years of compulsory English education at school. We also show that the importance of subtitled television is robust to a wide array of specifications. We then find that subtitling and better English skills have an influence on high-tech exports, international student mobility, and other economic and social outcomes.

Keywords: English, language skills, subtitles, television

JEL Classification: I21, N00

Suggested Citation

Rupérez Micola, Augusto and Bris, Arturo and Banal Estañol, Albert, TV or Not TV? Subtitling and English Skills (March 5, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1435259 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1435259

Augusto Rupérez Micola (Contact Author)

Universitat Pompeu Fabra ( email )

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Arturo Bris

IMD International ( email )

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European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

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Albert Banal Estañol

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Department of Economics and Business (DEB) ( email )

Barcelona, 08005
Spain

City University London - Department of Economics ( email )

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London, EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom

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