The Regulation of Language

35 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2018 Last revised: 23 Jun 2018

Yehonatan Givati

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law

Date Written: June 1, 2018

Abstract

Can language be centrally planned and controlled? Friedrich Hayek considered language the archetypal example of spontaneous order, yet many countries adopt a planned order approach to language, attempting to centrally plan and control it through language academies. I collect original data on the regulation of language across countries, and show that countries that adopt a planned order approach to language, also do so in their law, and similarly rely on a planned order approach in their economy. Countries that adopt a spontaneous order approach to language, also do so in their law, and similarly rely on a spontaneous order approach in their economy. This is consistent with the idea that these approaches are driven by an underlying cultural attitude towards the two types of order.

Suggested Citation

Givati, Yehonatan, The Regulation of Language (June 1, 2018). Journal of Law and Economics, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3188933

Yehonatan Givati (Contact Author)

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law ( email )

Jerusalem
Mount Scopus, 91905
Israel

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