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Risk Attitude and Wage Growth: Replication and Reconstruction

  • Budría, Santiago

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    (University of Madeira)

  • Diaz-Serrano, Luis

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    (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)

  • Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Ada

    ()

    (IAE Barcelona (CSIC))

  • Hartog, Joop

    ()

    (University of Amsterdam)

We replicate Shaw (1996) who found that individual wage growth is higher for individuals with greater preference for risk taking. Expanding her dataset with more American observations and data for Germany, Spain and Italy, we find mixed support for the earlier results. We present and estimate a new model and find that in particular the wage level is sensitive to attitudes towards risk taking.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4124.

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Length: 65 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2009
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Publication status: published as "Risk-Aversion and Income Growth: Replicating Shaw (1996)" in: Empirical Economics, 2013, 44 (2), 981-1004
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4124
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