Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre Working Paper Series 16/05: Linguistic Relativity and Economics

  • Astghik Mavisakalyan, Clas Weber, ASTGHIK MAVISAKALYAN
  • Published 2016

Abstract

The theory of linguistic relativity—the idea that our language influences our thinking— has a long history in the humanities. Speakers of different languages may systematically think and behave differently. This phenomenon has only recently attracted attention from economists. This paper provides the first comprehensive review of this nascent literature. First we explain the linguistic relativity thesis. Then we summarise the empirical evidence on the relationship between linguistic structures and economic outcomes. We follow up with a discussion of empirical design and identification. The paper concludes by discussing implications for future research and policy. JEL classification: D83; J24; Z13

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@inproceedings{Mavisakalyan2016BankwestCE, title={Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre Working Paper Series 16/05: Linguistic Relativity and Economics}, author={Astghik Mavisakalyan and Clas Weber and ASTGHIK MAVISAKALYAN}, year={2016} }