Conference: Economic Evaluation of Language Policies - Some Observations


Thursday 8 Nov 2018
From 11:30AM To 1:30PM

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This conference by François Vaillancourt (Université de Montréal and CIRANO) was co-organized by CIRANO and the Observatoire de la Francophonie économique of the Université de Montréal.


There are costs and benefits to be gained from replacing laissez-faire and free choice of language with public policies to regulate the language of one or another level of education, that of various public authorities and that of the private sector. This conference examined how these costs and benefits can be measured in theory and in practice, using results from Quebec, Canada and some European countries.

François Vaillancourt

A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2004, François Vaillancourt is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Economics at the Université de Montréal.

Holding a Ph.D. in Economics from Queen's University in 1978, he has published numerous texts in the field of public policy, particularly on intergovernmental financial relations, taxation and language policies.

He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2009. Since 2000, he has been the Fulbright Canadian Research Scholar in Kennesaw in 2007, visiting professor at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in Atlanta in 2007 and 2009, visiting professor at the FUCaM (Mons, Belgium, 2006) and visiting professor at the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan (Paris, 2006 and 2008). During the 1990s, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Toronto (1991) and the Australian National University (1991), a Shastri lecturer in India (1993) and a visiting scholar at the Institute of European Studies (Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1994). He was also a research coordinator for the MacDonald Commission (1983-1986) and assistant director of the journal Canadian Public Policy-Policy Analysis (1986-1995). He has acted as a consultant for various national (including CIDA, House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, Séguin Commission, Law Reform Commission of Canada, Conseil de la Fédération, Conseil de la langue française du Québec, CSST, Finance Canada, Federal Expert Group on Equalization Reform, Office of the French Language, Statistics Canada and Auditor General of Canada) and international (AFD, World Bank, IMF, OECD, UNDP) organizations. He has worked in 31 countries on intergovernmental financial relations issues (taxation, transfers) and provided training in this area for the African Tax Institute, the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, the World Bank, the IMF, and the Hague Academy for Local Governance.

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