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Intergenerational transmission of risk attitudes – A revealed preference approach

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  • Voskort, Andrea

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This study investigates whether children and parents show a similar willingness to take risk in their choice of occupation. Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel, we calculate the occupational variation in earnings unexplained by human capital differences to obtain a measure of occupational risk. We find that fathers' earnings risk is significantly positively related to sons' earnings risk. The same link is found when unemployment risk is considered. However, a conclusion indicated by previous studies based on self-reports of individuals' risk attitude as well as our findings is that intergenerational transmission is weak in terms of effect size.

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  • Necker, Sarah & Voskort, Andrea, 2014. "Intergenerational transmission of risk attitudes – A revealed preference approach," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 65(C), pages 66-89.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:eecrev:v:65:y:2014:i:c:p:66-89
    DOI: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2013.10.005
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    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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