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Taxation, Wage Variation, and Job Choice

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  • Brown, James N
  • Rosen, Harvey S

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This paper examines the effect of earnings taxes on wage variability over t ime. The authors estimate a "hedonic wage locus" which indicates ho w the market allows individuals to substitute the mean level of the w age for its variability across jobs. Information from this locus is u sed to estimate the parameters of individuals' indifference curves be tween the mean and temporal variation of hourly wages. On the basis o f these utility-function parameters, they predict that lowering the r ate of taxation on earnings would on average lead workers to choose j obs with slightly lower pretax mean wages and with less pretax wage v ariation. Copyright 1987 by University of Chicago Press.

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  • Brown, James N & Rosen, Harvey S, 1987. "Taxation, Wage Variation, and Job Choice," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 5(4), pages 430-451, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:5:y:1987:i:4:p:430-51
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    1. Sarah Brown & Karl Taylor, 2006. "Education, Risk Preference and Wages," Working Papers 2006002, The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics, revised Feb 2006.
    2. Shaw, Kathryn L, 1996. "An Empirical Analysis of Risk Aversion and Income Growth," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 14(4), pages 626-653, October.

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