Department of Economics
University of Haifa
Mount Carmel, Haifa, 3498838
Institutional Affiliation: Tel-Aviv University
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|November 2018||Geographical Roots of the Coevolution of Cultural and Linguistic Traits|
with Oded Galor, Ömer Özak: w25289
This research explores the geographical origins of the coevolution of cultural and linguistic traits in the course of human history, relating the geographical roots of long-term orientation to the structure of the future tense, the agricultural determinants of gender bias to the presence of sex-based grammatical gender, and the ecological origins of hierarchical orientation to the existence of politeness distinctions. The study advances the hypothesis and establishes empirically that: (i) geographical characteristics that were conducive to higher natural return to agricultural investment contributed to the existing cross-language variations in the structure of the future tense, (ii) the agricultural determinants of gender gap in agricultural productivity fostered the existence of sex-based...