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Could Your Language Affect Your Ability to Save Money? summary
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The language you speak may affect the amount of money you save. Economics professor Keith Chen conducted intensive studies showing that savings rates among speakers of “futured languages,” such as English, are lower than speakers of “futureless languages,” such as German, who are 30% more likely to set aside a nest egg. getAbstract recommends Chen’s original take on savings behavior to native speakers of any tongue.

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  • How savings rates differ between speakers of “futureless languages” and speakers of “futured languages”
  • How this discrepancy may explain the difference in savings rates across similarly developed countries
 

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Economists have long noticed the discrepancy in savings rates among nations with similar economic systems. For example, glaring differences exist in the savings behavior among...
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Keith Chen is is an associate professor of economics at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.


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