Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35248
Authors: 
Pfeifer, Christian
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 3503
Abstract: 
This research note uses two German data sets the large-scale German Socio-Economic Panel and unique data from own student questionnaires to analyse the relationship between risk aversion and the choice for public sector employment. Main results are: (1) more risk averse individuals sort into public sector employment, (2) the impact of career specific and unemployment risk attitudes is larger than the impact of general risk attitudes, and (3) risk taking is rewarded with higher wages in the private but not in the public sector.
Subjects: 
Public sector
risk aversion
sorting
wage differentials
JEL: 
J24
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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