Compulsory language educational policies and identity formation

Aspachs-Bracons, Oriol, Clots-Figueras, Irma, Costa-Font, Joan and Masella, Paolo (2008) Compulsory language educational policies and identity formation. Journal of the European Economic Association, 6 (2-3). pp. 434-444. ISSN 1542-4766

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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.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Paolo Masella
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2012 10:20
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2012 10:20
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