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Labor Supply and Saving under Uncertainty

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  • Floden, Martin

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    (Dept. of Economic Statistics, Stockholm School of Economics)

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This paper examines how variations in labor supply can be used to self-insure against wage uncertainty, and the impact of such self-insurance on precautionary saving. The analytical framework is a two-period model with saving and labor-supply decisions where preferences are consistent with balanced growth. The main findings are that (i) labor-supply flexibility raises precautionary saving when future wages are uncertain, and (ii) uncertainty about future wages raises current labor supply and reduces future labor supply.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 597.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 22 Apr 2005
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Publication status: Published in Economic Journal, 2006, pages 721-737.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0597

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Keywords: precautionary saving; prudence; labor supply;

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  6. Pijoan-Mas, Josep, 2005. "Precautionary Savings or Working Longer Hours?," CEPR Discussion Papers 5322, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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