Linguistic Traits and Human Capital Formation
This research establishes the influence of linguistic traits on human behavior. Exploiting variations in the languages spoken by children of migrants with identical ancestral countries of origin, the analysis indicates that the presence of periphrastic future tense, and its association with long-term orientation has a significant positive impact on educational attainment, whereas the presence of sex-based grammatical gender, and its association with gender bias, has a significant adverse impact on female educational attainment.
The authors are grateful to Joan Bybee, Justin Cook, Delia Furtado, Paola Giuliano, Luigi Guiso, Klaus Desmet, Stelios Michalopoulos, and David Weil, as well as conference participants at the “Annual Meetings of the American Economic Association”; “Deep Rooted Factors in Comparative Development”, Zeuthen Lectures, Copenhagen, NBER, Political Economy Meeting, and seminar participants at Ben-Gurion, Brown, Clark, Haifa, Southern Methodist, Tel-Aviv, and UC - Merced, for useful comments and discussions. The research was supported by the Israel Science Foundation, Grant No. 1331/18. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
This research was supported by the ISRAEL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
(grant No. 3//3331).
Oded Galor & Ömer Özak & Assaf Sarid, 2020. "Linguistic Traits and Human Capital Formation," AEA Papers and Proceedings, vol 110, pages 309-313. citation courtesy of