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The Relationship Between Language And Future-Orientated Behaviour: A study which tests the economist Keith Chen's hypothesis that languages that grammatically associate the future and the present, foster future-orientated behaviours
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study tests a claim made by the economist Keith Chen that "languages that grammatically associate the future and the present, foster future-orientated behaviours" (Chen, 2013, p. 1). Chen claims that this phenomenon exists across several variables that represent future-orientated behaviour from health habits such as smoking to financial choices such as savings rates. This study aims to test Chen's claim with a new previously untested variable that reflects future-orientated behaviour being; tertiary education attainment. The findings of our research were unable to support Chen's claim as we found no statistically significant relationship between Chen's categorisation of languages that grammatically associate the future and the present with our future-orientated behaviour of tertiary education attainment. Furthermore, this thesis makes the claim that there are much more prominent independent variables tested and untested that have a stronger relation to tertiary education attainment than spoken language.

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2019. , p. 44
Keywords [en]
Future-orientated behaviour, tertiary education attainment, future time reference strength, multiple linear regression.
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-14286Local ID: EIS501OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-14286DiVA, id: diva2:1339859
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Political science
Educational program
International Programme in Politics and Economics
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Available from: 2019-08-20 Created: 2019-07-31 Last updated: 2019-08-20Bibliographically approved

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