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Official language, ethnic diversity and industrialization in Africa

language policy perspectives

YAMEOGO, Souleymane

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Abstract

Does the use of non-indigenous languages (French, English, and Portuguese) as official languages affect the industrialization in Africa? This paper investigates the relationship between the average distance to official language, which captures the ability to speak an official language, and the manufacturing value-added per capita of 29 sub-Saharan Africa countries. Using a panel correlated random effect and instrumental variable approach, the paper finds that an official language distant to the most spoken local language in Africa negatively and statistically affects the manufacturing value-added. The policy implication of this study is that African’s policymakers should rethink the language policy by encouraging the use of the local languages as official languages.

Advisors
Kim, Joon-Kyung.
Department
KDI School, Master of Public Policy
Issue Date
2020
Publisher
KDI School
Description
Thesis(Master) -- KDI School: Master of Public Policy, 2020
Keywords
Language policy--Africa
Keywords
Africa--Ethnic relations--Economic aspects
Contents
I. Introduction

II. Overview: Language Issues and Industrialization in Africa

III. Literature review

IV. Data and Empirical Strategy

V. Results and discussion

VI. Summary and Conclusions
Pages
36 p
URI
https://archives.kdischool.ac.kr/handle/11125/40911
Type
Thesis
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