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Labor Supply and Consumption Smoothing When Income Shocks Are Non-Insurable

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  • Danzer, Alexander M.

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The paper investigates how employees use secondary employment to smooth out consumption shortfalls from non-anticipated wage shocks in their main employment. The identification strategy exploits surprising changes in firms’ wage payment and repayment behavior in Ukraine. Based on unique nationally representative panel data, the econometric approach accounts for workers' unobserved heterogeneity and measurement error in the wage shock information. The estimated labor supply responses suggest that secondary activities are used as temporary coping strategies against wage shocks and that they closely follow the lifecycle of wage arrears. Households that engage in secondary employment can successfully smooth their consumption. The results are robust to several alternative hypotheses concerning the observed labor supply pattern.

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  • Danzer, Alexander M., 2011. "Labor Supply and Consumption Smoothing When Income Shocks Are Non-Insurable," IZA Discussion Papers 5499, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    Keywords

    subsidiary farming; consumption smoothing; wage shock; dual job holding; reaction time to shocks;
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    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J33 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods
    • P36 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Consumer Economics; Health; Education and Training; Welfare, Income, Wealth, and Poverty
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements

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