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Home | Events Archive | Webinar: Job Stability, Earnings Dynamics, and Life Cycle Savings

Webinar: Job Stability, Earnings Dynamics, and Life Cycle Savings

  • Series
  • Speaker(s)
    Moritz Kuhn (Bonn University, Germany)
  • Field
  • Location
    Online Seminar
  • Date and time

    September 14, 2020
    12:00 - 13:00

Moritz Kuhn works on wealth and income inequality. He has published in Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Review, an Journal of European Economic Association, among others.

Some information and suggestions:

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Labor markets are characterized by large heterogeneity in job stability. Some workers hold lifetime jobs while others circle repeatedly in and out of employment. We explore the economic consequences of such heterogeneity by making two independent contributions. First, using Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) data, we document a systematic positive relationship between job stability and wealth accumulation. Per dollar of income, workers with more stable careers hold more wealth. Second, we develop a life-cycle consumption-saving model with heterogeneity in job stability and endogenous earnings dynamics and document that the model is jointly consistent with empirical labor market mobility, earnings, consumption, and wealth dynamics over the life cycle. Using the model, we explore the consequences of heterogeneity in job stability at the microeconomic and macroeconomic level. At the micro level, we explore the consequences of early career job instability. We find that unstable jobs at age 25 leave long-lasting scars of up to 10% on earnings and consumption up to 25 years later. At the macro level, we find welfare gains of 1.6% of consumption for labor market entrants from what has been referred to as the secular decline of U.S. labor market dynamism.