Webinar: Job Stability, Earnings Dynamics, and Life Cycle Savings
Speaker(s)Moritz Kuhn (Bonn University, Germany)
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.
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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.