Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/149238
Authors: 
Galor, Oded
Özak, Ömer
Sarid, Assaf
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10379
Abstract: 
This research explores the economic causes and consequences of language structures. It advances the hypothesis and establishes empirically that variations in pre-industrial geographical characteristics that were conducive to higher return to agricultural investment, larger gender gap in agricultural productivity, and more hierarchical society, are at the root of existing cross-language variations in the presence of the future tense, grammatical gender, and politeness distinctions. Moreover, the research suggests that while language structures have largely reflected the coding of past human experience and in particular the range of ancestral cultural traits in society, they independently affected human behavior and economic outcomes.
Subjects: 
comparative development
cultural evolution
language structure
future tense
politeness distinctions
grammatical gender
human capital
education
JEL: 
I25
J24
O1
O10
O11
O12
O40
O43
O44
Z10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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