Nurember Research Seminar in Economics on 8 December 2021 – ZOOM

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You are invited to join the weekly Nuremberg Research Seminar in Economics on 8 December 2021, from 13.15 to 14.45 pm. The seminar will be held via Zoom. Peter Haan (DIW Berlin) will be talking about „Biased Wage Expectations and Female Labor Supply“.

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We analyze how biased beliefs about future wages affect individual decisions in a dynamic setting. Specifically, we quantify the effects of biased expectations regarding wage growth and human capital accumulation in part-time and full-time employment on female labor market outcomes. Based on customized elicitation of expectation data, we document that both full-time employees and part-time employees have expectations about wage growth in part-time employment that are severely upward biased: employees do not realize that wage growth occurs almost exclusively in full time. Empirically, wage growth rates in part-time work are close to zero, as we show both with reduced form estimations using a control function approach and a structural life-cycle model. We leverage the structural life cycle model to quantify how biased beliefs drive labor supply choices and wage profiles over the life cycle and to conduct policy simulations.