Jessen, Robin Rostam-Afschar, Davud Schmitz, Sebastian
Year of Publication:
Hohenheim Discussion Papers in Business, Economics and Social Sciences No. 07-2016
Universität Hohenheim, Fakultät Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Stuttgart
We quantify the importance of precautionary labor supply using data from the German Socio- Economic Panel (SOEP) for 2001-2012. We estimate dynamic labor supply equations augmented with a measure of wage risk. Our results show that married men choose about 2.5% of their hours of work or one week per year on average to shield against unpredictable wage shocks. This implies that about 26% of precautionary savings are due to precautionary labor supply. If self-employed faced the same wage risk as the median civil servant, their hours of work would reduce by 4%.
Wage Risk Labor Supply Precautionary Saving Life Cycle Dynamic Panel Data