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Risk aversion and rising wage inequality

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  • Caroli, Eve
  • Garcia-Penalosa, Cecilia

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We propose a model in which, as incomes grow, workers become less risk-averse and move from fixed-wage contracts to variable pay. This can explain the recent increase in wage dispersion between groups, within groups, and over the lifecycle.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 77 (2002)
Issue (Month): 1 (September)
Pages: 21-26

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:77:y:2002:i:1:p:21-26

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  1. László Kónya & Chris Mouratidis, 2005. "Income Inequality and Growth Volatility," Working Papers 2005.01, School of Economics, La Trobe University.
  2. Borghans, Lex & ter Weel, Bas, 2004. "The Diffusion of Computers and the Distribution of Wages," IZA Discussion Papers 1107, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Lokshin, Michael & Gimpelson, Vladimir & Oshchepkov, Aleksey, 2012. "Explaining the Dynamics in Perceptions of Job Insecurity in Russia," IZA Discussion Papers 6422, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Ho-Chuan (River) Huang & WenShwo Fang & Stephen M. Miller, 2012. "The Effect of Growth Volatility on Income Inequality," Working Papers 1203, University of Nevada, Las Vegas , Department of Economics.
  5. KONYA, Laszlo & MOURATIDIS, Chris, 2006. "An Empirical Analysis Of The Relationship Between Income Inequality And Growth Volatility In 70 Countries For 1960-2002," Applied Econometrics and International Development, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 6(1).
  6. Ghiglino, Christian & Venditti, Alain, 2011. "Wealth distribution and output fluctuations," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 146(6), pages 2478-2509.
  7. Christian Ghiglino & Alain Venditti, 2008. "The role of the wealth distribution on output volatility," Working Papers halshs-00281379, HAL.

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