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How the origins of language structures may help explain current economic outcomes

A growing literature in economics has demonstrated that grammatical features of languages influence our economic decisions. For example, whether or not a language makes a clear-cut distinction between present and future (while an English speaker uses a future marker as … Continue reading

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The effect of linguistic proximity on immigrants’ labor market performance

With the current increase of global mobility, immigration policy has jumped to the forefront of the political agenda. Immigration can play a central role in boosting economic growth and demographic sustainability of a destination country, but it is often feared … Continue reading

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How language influences children’s economic behavior

Patience is an important trait in children that can make a difference for a lifetime. Many disciplines, including economics, have studied how patience in intertemporal choices – preferring a later but larger reward over a sooner but smaller reward – … Continue reading

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Tradable quotas as a new way to deal with refugee inflows

How to handle the inflow of refugees to the European Union is one of the current hot topics in the media. Under the current regime, the share of inflows borne by EU member states is heavily skewed to a small … Continue reading

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How foreign language classes shape migration within the EU

Given the large differences in youth unemployment rates across Europe, one would expect young people to migrate from countries with high unemployment rates to those with better job prospects. But in reality, migration across European countries is still much lower … Continue reading

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Immigrant integration: Linguistic distance impedes literacy

Language acquisition of immigrants is crucially affected by the dissimilarity between the immigrant’s mother tongue and the language of the destination country, according to a new IZA discussion paper by Ingo E. Isphording. The study relies on a combination of … Continue reading

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