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Risk aversion and rising wage inequality

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  • Caroli, Eve
  • Garcıa-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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Paper provided by Paris Dauphine University in its series Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine with number 123456789/7307.

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Date of creation: Sep 2002
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Publication status: Published in Economics Letters, 2002, Vol. 77, no. 1
Handle: RePEc:dau:papers:123456789/7307

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Keywords: Inequality; Risk aversion; Wage-setting institutions;

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  1. 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).
  2. Christian Ghiglino & Alain Venditti, 2008. "The role of the wealth distribution on output volatility," Working Papers halshs-00281379, HAL.
  3. 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).
  4. László Kónya & Chris Mouratidis, 2005. "Income Inequality and Growth Volatility," Working Papers 2005.01, School of Economics, La Trobe University.
  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. Ho-Chuan Huang & WenShwo Fang & Stephen M. Miller, 2012. "The Effect of Growth Volatility on Income Inequality," Working papers 2012-09, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics.
  7. Ghiglino, Christian & Venditti, Alain, 2011. "Wealth distribution and output fluctuations," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 146(6), pages 2478-2509.

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