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Taxes and Time Use: Fiscal Policy in a Household Production Model

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  • Kelly S. Ragan
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    Time use data on work and leisure is presented for a broad group of OECD countries. The home production model explicitly accounts for taxes and public expenditures on day care and elder care, substitutes for work households perform at home. Taxes are important for matching time use patterns in Canada, the UK, and continental Europe, but cannot explain the high levels of market work and low levels of home work observed in Scandinavia. Subsidies of services like day care that substitute for home work are shown to be quantitatively important for bringing both market and home work predictions in line with the data. (JEL D13, E62, J13, J14)

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    Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics.

    Volume (Year): 5 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 168-92

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    1. Douglas Gollin, 2002. "Getting Income Shares Right," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, University of Chicago Press, vol. 110(2), pages 458-474, April.
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    1. Epstein, Brendan & Mukherjee, Rahul & Ramnath, Shanthi, 2014. "Taxes and International Risk Sharing," International Finance Discussion Papers, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.) 1110, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
    2. Hans Fehr & Manuel Kallweit & Fabian Kindermann, 2013. "Reforming Family Taxation in Germany - Labor Supply vs. Insurance Effects," CESifo Working Paper Series 4386, CESifo Group Munich.
    3. Alessandra Casarico & Alessandro Sommacal, 2014. "Taxation and Parental Time Allocation under Different Assumptions on Altruism," CESifo Working Paper Series 4690, CESifo Group Munich.
    4. Shirai, Daichi & Nagamachi, Kohei & Eguchi, Naotaka, 2012. "The Impacts of Firms' Technology Choice on the Gender Differences in Wage and Time Allocation: A Cross-Country Analysis," MPRA Paper 56666, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 13 Jun 2014.
    5. Wallenius, Johanna, 2013. "Social security and cross-country differences in hours: A general equilibrium analysis," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 37(12), pages 2466-2482.

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