Compulsory Language Educational Policies and Identity Formation

Journal of the European Economic Association (Impact Factor: 1.36). 04/2008; 6(2-3):434-444. DOI: 10.1162/JEEA.2008.6.2-3.434
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Education can be at the root of the process of identity formation. Using survey data from Catalonia and the Basque Country, where in 1983 the education system became bilingual, we study how parental choices and schooling interact with each other and contribute to the development of individual identity. The difference between the reforms implemented in the two Spanish regions is that whereas in Catalonia the reform was compulsory, in the Basque Country parents could choose the language used to educate their children. Results show a significant effect of the compulsory language policy implemented in Catalonia on identity, whereas the non-compulsory language policy implemented in the Basque Country does not have any effect. (c) 2008 by the European Economic Association.

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    • "Our study is directly related to the rapidly growing strand of economics literature that analyzes languages and language policies (e.g., Wickström 2005; Ortega and Tangerås 2008; Aspachs-Bracons et al. 2008; Fidrmuc, Ginsburgh, and Weber 2009; Ginsburgh and Weber 2010). It is also related to the education literature in as much as it examines the issue of bilingualism as well as the issues of languages of instruction and testing in schools (e.g., Ovando 2003; Parker, Rubalcava, and Teruel 2005, Menken 2008; Wiley, Lee, and Rumberger 2009). "
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    • "It is worth noting that very few non-white natives report any problem with English so, as one might expect, all language problems affect only the first generation. In this context it is worth noting that there has been little or no dissent in the UK from the view that all education should be in English so bilingualism is not the issue it is in some other countries (see, for example, Aspachs-Bracons et al 2008a,b, or Angrist et al, 2008) 6 Details of the construct of this and other composite measures can be found in Appendix A. 7 Unfortunately the routing of the questions does not ask abut proficiency for those who speak English at home (and we assume they are proficient) even though there are, for example, well-known literacy problems among segments of the white native population. "
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