Data and Code for: Linguistic Traits and Human Capital Formation

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data, census/enumeration data, geographic information system (GIS) data
  • Galor, Oded (Brown University)
  • Özak, Ömer (Southern Methodist University)
  • Sarid, Assaf (University of Haifa)
Publication Date
  • Abstract

    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.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2000-01-01 / 2019-12-31
    Time Period: Sat Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2000--Tue Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2019
  • 2016-01-01 / 2019-12-31
    Collection Date(s): Fri Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2016--Tue Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2019
Sampled Universe
Children of migrants in the US. 

(i) migrant children born overseas who arrived to the US before the age of 5, (``one-and-a-half generation migrants")
(ii) children born in the US to at least one foreign parent (``second generation migrants").
. Smallest Geographic Unit: State
  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.1257/pandp.20201069 (Text)
  • Is cited by
    DOI: 10.18128/D010.V9.0 (Dataset)
  • Galor, Oded, Ömer Özak, and Assaf Sarid. “Linguistic Traits and Human Capital Formation.” AEA Papers and Proceedings 110 (May 2020): 309–13.
    • ID: 10.1257/pandp.20201069 (DOI)
  • Ruggles, Steven, Sarah Flood, Ronald Goeken, Josiah Grover, Erin Meyer, Jose Pacas, and Matthew Sobek. “IPUMS USA: Version 9.0.” Minneapolis, MN: IPUMS, 2019.
    • ID: 10.18128/D010.V9.0 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2020-05-14