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Are Long-term Wage Elasticities of Labor Supply More Negative than Short-term Ones?

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  • Kirk B. Doran

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A fundamental prediction of inter-temporal labor supply theory is that the wage-elasticity of labor supply must be more negative the longer the wage change lasts. This paper analyzes labor supply using unique data on workers who choose their own daily hours and who experience both short-term and long-term wage changes. Workers decrease their daily hours in response to shortterm wage increases, but not in response to a 20% long-term wage increase. This is consistent with a specific daily income goals model- one in which these goals remain unadjusted to unexpected short-term wage fluctuations, but fully adjust to expected longer-term wage fluctuations.

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  • Kirk B. Doran, 2013. "Are Long-term Wage Elasticities of Labor Supply More Negative than Short-term Ones?," Working Papers 020, University of Notre Dame, Department of Economics, revised Jan 2013.
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    1. Henry S. Farber, 2014. "Why You Can't Find a Taxi in the Rain and Other Labor Supply Lessons from Cab Drivers," NBER Working Papers 20604, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    7. Henry S. Farber, 2014. "Why You Can't Find a Taxi in the Rain and Other Labor Supply Lessons from Cab Drivers," Working Papers 583a, Princeton University, Department of Economics, Industrial Relations Section..
    8. Farber, Henry S, 2014. "Why You Can't Find a Taxi in the Rain and Other Labor Supply Lessons from Cab Drivers," IZA Discussion Papers 8562, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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    Keywords

    Labor elasticity;

    JEL classification:

    • J6 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers
    • J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor

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