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Unemployment Risk, Labour Force Participation and Savings

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  • Gabriella Berloffa
  • Peter Simmons

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This paper analyses labour force participation and precautionary savings in the presence of risks of being fired or failing to secure a job offer when out of the labour market. We use a finite horizon framework with two employment states and a stage utility function which is CARA in consumption but non-separable in leisure. The results are that there is precautionary labour force participation: employment risk lowers the reservation wage; generally it also reduces consumption. However due to the non-separability assumption, precautionary savings, as usually defined, may not be positive. We characterize the reservation wage and contrast the results with those in which the stage utility is additive in leisure and consumption. We extend the analysis to study the effects of cyclical variation in employment risk, of stochastic future wage rates, and of adding a third employment state of search. Copyright 2003, Wiley-Blackwell.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal The Review of Economic Studies.

Volume (Year): 70 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 521-539

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Handle: RePEc:oup:restud:v:70:y:2003:i:3:p:521-539

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  1. Viola Angelini, 2006. "Consumption and Habit Formation when Time Horizon is Finite," Discussion Papers 06/27, Department of Economics, University of York.
  2. Wolfgang Nagl, 2013. "Better safe than sorry? The effects of income risk, unemployment risk and the interaction of these risks on wages," ERSA conference papers ersa13p237, European Regional Science Association.
  3. Wolfgang Nagl, 2014. "Lohnrisiko und Altersarmut im Sozialstaat," ifo Beitr├Ąge zur Wirtschaftsforschung, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, number 54, July.
  4. Orazio P. Attanasio & Guglielmo Weber, 2010. "Consumption and Saving: Models of Intertemporal Allocation and Their Implications for Public Policy," NBER Working Papers 15756, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  5. Viola Angelini & Peter Simmons, . "Housing Debt and Consumption," Discussion Papers 11/20, Department of Economics, University of York.
  6. Carolina Fugazza, 2012. "Employment Risk over the Life Cycle," Carlo Alberto Notebooks 280, Collegio Carlo Alberto.
  7. Viola Angelini & Peter Simmons, . "Housing Debt, Employment Risk and Consumption," Discussion Papers 05/07, Department of Economics, University of York.

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