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The language tax is an economic concept proposed by the Belgian economist Philippe Van Parijs. It is intended to compensate countries with a less widespread language for their expenses for teaching and translation.
An analogous concept is found in the work of the Swiss economist François Grin, who argues that such countries are implicitly paying an impôt linguistique (literally also meaning "language tax") to countries with a "strong" language. In a similar sense, the Italian Radical Party speaks of a tassa inglese ("English tax").
- Philippe Van Parijs, Europe's three language problems, in: Multilingualism in Law and Politics[dead link]
- François Grin, L'enseignement des langues étrangères comme politique publique
- I costi della tassa "inglese", press release 2005/21/10
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