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Taxation, Wage Variation, and Job Choice

  • Brown, James N
  • Rosen, Harvey S

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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Volume (Year): 5 (1987)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 430-51

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  1. Rosen, Sherwin, 1974. "Hedonic Prices and Implicit Markets: Product Differentiation in Pure Competition," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 82(1), pages 34-55, Jan.-Feb..
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