Video October 23, 2018

Policy Research Talk: Gendered Language

Language is a tool: it allows us to communicate complex ideas to one another. Language is also a nudge: linguistic structures can guide our thoughts in subtle ways. Based on new work aggregating linguistic data on more than 4,000 languages, economist Owen Ozier presented evidence relating the prevalence of grammatical gender to economic outcomes for women: female labor force participation, levels of education, and attitudes regarding women’s roles in society.