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Labour Supply Responses to Financial Wealth Shocks: Evidence from in Italy

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  • Renata Bottazzi

    (University of Bologna; Institute for Fiscal Studies, London)

  • Serena Trucchi

    (Department of Economics, Ca' Foscari University of Venice)

  • Matthew Wakefield

    (University of Bologna; Institute for Fiscal Studies, London)

Abstract

We look at how strongly shocks to wealth affect labour supply, using Italian data. We use asset price shocks to provide a measure of wealth changes that is exogenous to the household's saving and labour supply. Results point to significant effects of wealth on: hours of work; whether agents leave their jobs; and, labour earnings. The magnitude of these effects can be substantial, for example for individuals who suffered larger wealth losses during the financial crisis. Responses are similar for men and women on average, but older working age individuals have relatively strong responses that drive the population results. Short run effects are somewhat persistent

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  • Renata Bottazzi & Serena Trucchi & Matthew Wakefield, 2019. "Labour Supply Responses to Financial Wealth Shocks: Evidence from in Italy," Working Papers 2019:10, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".
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    Labour Supply; Financial wealth shocks; Wealth effects;
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    • D15 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Intertemporal Household Choice; Life Cycle Models and Saving
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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