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Risk attitudes and reservation wages of unemployed workers: Evidence from panel data

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    This paper studies risk attitudes of unemployed job seekers and their relationship to self-reported reservation wages. We find that risk aversion is prevalent, and that reservation wages decrease slightly over time. Furthermore, risk aversion and reservation wages are negatively correlated.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 106 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 (March)
    Pages: 223-226

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:106:y:2010:i:3:p:223-226

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    Keywords: Risk attitudes Reservation wages Job search Panel data;

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    1. Paolo Falco, 2013. "Does risk matter for occupational choices? Experimental evidence from an African labour market," CSAE Working Paper Series 2013-15, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford.
    2. Constant, Amelie F. & Krause, Annabelle & Rinne, Ulf & Zimmermann, Klaus F., 2010. "Economic Preferences and Attitudes of the Unemployed: Are Natives and Second Generation Migrants Alike?," IZA Discussion Papers 5380, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Rinne, Ulf & Schüller, Simone & Zimmermann, Klaus F., 2011. "Ethnische Vielfalt und Arbeitsmarkterfolg (Ethnic diversity and labor market success)," Zeitschrift für ArbeitsmarktForschung - Journal for Labour Market Research, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany], vol. 44(1/2), pages 81-89.
    4. Humpert, Stephan & Pfeifer, Christian, 2013. "Explaining age and gender differences in employment rates : a labor supply side perspective," Journal for Labour Market Research, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany], vol. 46(1), pages 1-17.

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