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How Language Shapes Bank Risk Taking

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  • Francis OSEI-TUTU

    (LaRGE Research Center, Université de Strasbourg)

  • Laurent WEILL

    (LaRGE Research Center, Université de Strasbourg)

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We analyze the impact of language on risk-taking behavior of banks. Our hypothesis is that languages that grammatically distinguish between present and future events lead banks to take more risk. We investigate this hypothesis on a sample of 1,402 banks from 82 countries over the 2010-2017 period. We find that banks from countries with future tense marking take more risk in accordance with our prediction. This finding is robust to the inclusion of alternative culture indicators, to alternative definitions of bank risk and of future time reference.

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  • Francis OSEI-TUTU & Laurent WEILL, 2019. "How Language Shapes Bank Risk Taking," Working Papers of LaRGE Research Center 2019-03, Laboratoire de Recherche en Gestion et Economie (LaRGE), Université de Strasbourg.
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    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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