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Labour supply responses to financial wealth shocks: evidence from Italy

Bottazzi, Renata, Trucchi, Serena and Wakefield, Matthew 2021. Labour supply responses to financial wealth shocks: evidence from Italy. Fiscal Studies 10.1111/1475-5890.12254
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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.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0143-5671
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 January 2021
Date of Acceptance: 22 December 2020
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2021 00:00

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