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Can economists learn from linguists? If they can’t learn from their calamities, why spoken language matters?

Posted on: October 2, 2017

Can economists learn from linguists? If they can’t learn from their calamities, why spoken language matters?

“Research” suggests that the language you speak may impact the way you think about your future.

What can economists learn from linguists?

Pattern from Keith Chen research: languages without a concept for the future — “It rain tomorrow,” instead of “It will rain tomorrow” — correlate strongly with high savings rates. (So forget the future tense?)

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

Keith Chen · Behavioral economist, 

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