Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/218948
Authors: 
Galor, Oded
Özak, Ömer
Sarid, Assaf
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper No. 570
Abstract: 
This research establishes empirically that existing cross-language variations in the structure of the future tense and the presence of grammatical gender affected human capital accumulation. Exploiting variations in the dominant languages among migrants from the same countries of origin, the study explores the impact of these traits on the educational attainment of second generation migrants in the US. The results suggest that college attendance among individuals with identical ancestry is (i) higher if the dominating language at home has a periphrastic future tense, and (ii) lower for women exposed predominantly to sex-based grammatical gender.
Subjects: 
Comparative Development
Human Capital
Education
Language Structure
Future Tense
Grammatical Gender
Cultural Evolution
Gender Bias
Long-term Orientation
JEL: 
I20
J16
Z10
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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