Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/162757
Authors: 
Galor, Oded
Özak, Ömar
Sarid, Assaf
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Brown University, Department of Economics 2016-7
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: 
Cultural Evolution
Language Structure
Comparative Development
Future Tense
Politeness Distinctions
Grammatical Gender
Human Capital
Education
JEL: 
I25
J24
O1
Z10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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