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Götte, Lorenz; Huffman, David; Fehr, Ernst (2004). Loss Aversion and Labor Supply. Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics No. 178, University of Zurich.



In many occupations workers’ labor supply choices are constrained by institutionalnrules regulating labor time and effort provision. This renders explicit tests of the neoclassicalntheory of labor supply difficult. Here we present evidence from studies examining labornsupply responses in “neoclassical environments” in which workers are free to choose whennand how much to work. Despite the favorable environment the results cast doubt on thenneoclassical model. They are, however, consistent with a model of reference dependentnpreferences exhibiting loss aversion and diminishing sensitivity.


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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Institute for Empirical Research in Economics (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Date:January 2004
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 22:32
Last Modified:09 Jul 2012 05:02
Series Name:Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics
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