A $3 million grant to SMU economics professor Shlomo Weber will fund the establishment of a first-of-its-kind research laboratory to study diversity and social interactions. The new center at Moscow’s New Economic School will focus on research into societal diversity, ranging from economic, historical and geographical to linguistic and ethnic. Researchers at the center will assess the impact of diversity on economic, political and social development, said Weber, a professor in the SMU Department of Economics.
UPI and other media outlets have covered the research of SMU economist Shlomo Weber. In the new book "How Many Languages Do We Need? The Economics of Linguistic Diversity" (Princeton University Press), Weber and his co-author, Victor Ginsburgh, researched the costs and benefits of the many languages across the globe.
A new study finds nearly two-thirds of the European Union’s 500 million people are linguistically disenfranchised because they don’t speak English, which is the EU’s most dominant official language. History has shown that political regimes mandate single languages for efficiency or social control. But limiting linguistic diversity can backfire, says economist Shlomo Weber, Southern Methodist University.
Renowned non-fiction author Henry Hitchings covers SMU economist Shlomo Weber's new book "How Many Languages Do We Need? The Economics of Linguistic Diversity" (Princeton University Press). Writing for the International Monetary Fund, Hitchings' review "Speaking in Tongues" notes that Weber and his co-author, Victor Ginsburgh, have scrupulously researched the costs and benefits of the many languages across the globe. Hitchings, the author of "The Language Wars" and "The Secret Life of Words" among other books, notes that the books most thought-provoking section is the case study of linguistic policy in the European Union.
Thanks to a new model created by an international research group that includes SMU economist Shlomo Weber, it is now possible to predict which European countries are more likely to become united or which are more likely to break up. It does so by not only considering demographic and economic criteria but, most ingeniously of all, culture and genetics.