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Loss Aversion And Labor Supply

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  • Ernst Fehr

    (University of Zurich & CEPR)

  • David Huffman

    (Institute for the Study of Labor)

  • Lorenz Goette

    (University of Zurich)

Abstract

In many occupations, workers’ labor supply choices are constrained by institutional rules regulating labor time and effort provision. This renders explicit tests of the neoclassical theory of labor supply difŽ cult. Here we present evidence from studies examining labor supply responses in “neoclassical environments” in which workers are free to choose when and how much to work. Despite the favorable environment, the results cast doubt on the neoclassical model. They are, however, consistent with a model of reference-dependent preferences exhibiting loss aversion and diminishing sensitivity.

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  • Ernst Fehr & David Huffman & Lorenz Goette, 2004. "Loss Aversion And Labor Supply," Method and Hist of Econ Thought 0409003, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpmh:0409003
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    Keywords

    labor supply; loss aversion; neoclassical environments;
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    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • B49 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Other

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