Sutter, Matthias ORCID: 0000-0002-6143-8706, Angerer, Silvia ORCID: 0000-0001-8107-2206, Glatzle-Rutzler, Daniela ORCID: 0000-0002-6678-2418 and Lergetporer, Philipp (2018). Language group differences in time preferences: Evidence from primary school children in a bilingual city. Eur. Econ. Rev., 106. S. 21 - 35. AMSTERDAM: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. ISSN 1873-572X

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Abstract

We study differences in intertemporal choices across language groups in an incentivized experiment with 1154 children in a bilingual city. The sample consists of 86% of all primary school kids in Meran/Merano, where about half of the 38,000 inhabitants speak German, and the other half Italian, while both language groups live very close to each other. We find that German-speaking primary school children are about 16 percentage points more likely than Italian-speaking children to delay gratification in an intertemporal choice experiment. The difference remains significant in several robustness checks and when controlling for a broad range of factors, including risk attitudes, IQ family background, or residential area. Hence, we are able to show that language group affiliation, which is often used as a proxy for culture, plays an important role in shaping economic preferences already early in life. (C) 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
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CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Sutter, MatthiasUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-6143-8706UNSPECIFIED
Angerer, SilviaUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0001-8107-2206UNSPECIFIED
Glatzle-Rutzler, DanielaUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-6678-2418UNSPECIFIED
Lergetporer, PhilippUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-180287
DOI: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2018.04.003
Journal or Publication Title: Eur. Econ. Rev.
Volume: 106
Page Range: S. 21 - 35
Date: 2018
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Place of Publication: AMSTERDAM
ISSN: 1873-572X
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
KeywordsLanguage
OPTIMAL DEFAULTS; FIELD BEHAVIOR; RISK ATTITUDES; DISCRIMINATION; GRATIFICATION; COOPERATION; TECHNOLOGY; PUNISHMENT; IMPATIENCE; DIVERSITYMultiple languages
EconomicsMultiple languages
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/18028

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