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Social, Behavioral & Experimental Economics (SBEE): Linguistics and preferences: Does language effect exponential discounting, present-bias, or both?

Holger Herz, Fribourg
Monday, April 16, 2018
3:30-5:00 PM
R0230 Ross School of Business Map

According to the linguistic-savings hypothesis (Chen, 2013), languages that grammatically associate the future and the present foster future-oriented behavior in terms of savings and other economic outcomes. Our study investigates this hypothesis between French and German speaking pupils in a bilingual region of Switzerland, explicitly differentiating between the impact of language on exponential discounting and present bias. We find that French speakers are significantly more impatient than German speakers in the short run. In the long run, however, differences are less pronounced. Our evidence therefore suggests that language affects the degree of hyperbolic discounting and leads to less future oriented behavior mostly through increasing present-biasedness.
Building: Ross School of Business
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: Economics, seminar
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Social, Behavioral, and Experimental Economics (SBEE), Ross School of Business, School of Information, Department of Economics, Department of Economics Seminars