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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (US)
Finance and Economics Discussion Series
The Nature of Household Labor Income Risk
Seth Pruitt
Nicholas Turner
Abstract

What is the nature of labor income risk facing households? We answer this question using detailed administrative data on household earnings from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. By analyzing total household labor earnings as well as each member's earnings, we offer several new findings. One, households face substantially less risk than males in isolation. Second, households face roughly half the countercyclical increase in risk that males face. Third, spousal labor income ameliorates household earnings risk through both extensive and intensive margins.


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Seth Pruitt & Nicholas Turner, The Nature of Household Labor Income Risk, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (US), Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2018-034, 15 May 2018.
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Keywords: Earnings risk ; Household labor dynamics
DOI: 10.17016/FEDS.2018.034
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