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Risk Aversion and Wages: Evidence from the Baseball Labor Market

Stephen J. K. Walters (), Peter Allmen and Anthony Krautmann
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Stephen J. K. Walters: Loyola University Maryland
Peter Allmen: Skidmore College
Anthony Krautmann: DePaul University

Atlantic Economic Journal, 2017, vol. 45, issue 3, 385-397

Abstract: Abstract We develop a bargaining model to assess how workers and employers might allocate wages inter-temporally in order to cope with risk. We then apply this model to 106 long-term contracts for major league baseball players’ services. Most of these agreements not only smooth employee compensation over time but suggest greater relative risk aversion for teams than players. Compared to the wages they might pay to retain these players on a succession of one-year contracts, teams often pay a premium on longer-term agreements to protect against market volatility and potential inability to replace a key player on the open market.

Keywords: Wages; Risk; Contracts; Sports; D80; J30; J50; Z20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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