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Is there a Risk-Return Trade-off across Occupations? Evidence from Spain

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  • Luis Diaz-Serrano

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    (National University of Ireland, Maynooth, IZA, Bonn, CREB, Universitat de Barcelona)

  • J. Hartog

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    (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

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    Abstract

    We use data from Spain to test for an effect of earnings risk and skewness on individual wages. We carry out separate estimation for men, women, public and private sector employees. In accordance with previous evidence for the US we show the existence of a risk-return trade-off across occupations in the Spanish labour market. These results are in conformity with preferences of risk-averse individuals with decreasing absolute risk aversion.

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    Paper provided by Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth in its series Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series with number n1441004.

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    Length: 24 pages
    Date of creation: Oct 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:may:mayecw:n1441004

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