Circumstantial Risk: Impact of Future Tax Evasion and Labor Supply Opportunities on Risk Exposure
43 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2014 Last revised: 8 Nov 2014
Date Written: October 6, 2014
This paper examines whether investment in a risky asset depends on future circumstances. We conduct a laboratory experiment where subjects have the opportunity to invest earned income in a risky asset and, depending on randomly assigned treatment states, have the opportunity to respond to the outcome of the investment through extra labor effort and/or tax evasion. We find evidence that ex-post access to labor opportunities decreases ex-ante risk-taking, while access to tax evasion has no effect. Having both opportunities leads to lower risk-taking, but this effect is not statistically significant. We explore the channels behind these results with two additional treatments and find that our results are driven by background risk rather than flexibility.
Keywords: Tax Evasion, Labor Supply, Risk Behavior, Lab Experiment
JEL Classification: G11, H21, H24, H26, J22
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