Why Do Europeans Work (Much) Less? It Is Taxes And Government Spending
Abstract"We develop and calibrate a theoretical model that explains per capita hours worked and output growth as a function of three fiscal policy variables. Differences in income taxes, productive government expenditures, and nonemployment transfers are sufficient to answer the question why Europeans work (much) less than Americans and why some Europeans work less than others. Differences in taste for leisure have little role to play given the actual variation of these three policy variables." ("JEL" E24, E62, J22, O41) Copyright (c) 2007 Western Economic Association International.
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