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Assaf Sarid

Department of Economics
University of Haifa
Mount Carmel, Haifa, 3498838
Israel

E-Mail: asarid@econ.haifa.ac.il
Institutional Affiliation: Tel-Aviv University

NBER Working Papers and Publications

January 2020Linguistic Traits and Human Capital Formation
with Oded Galor, Ömer Özak: w26699
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.
November 2018Geographical 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...
 
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