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Labour Supply with Quantity Constraints: Estimates from a Large Sample of Canadian Workers

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  • Osberg, Lars
  • Phipps, Shelley

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This paper uses a new and very large data set (66,934 observations) to estimate labor-supply equations for Canadian men and women in 1986, taking account of quantity constraints on weeks of work. The authors present evidence that quantity constraints on available labor hours are a significant determinant of observed labor supply behavior. They conclude that desired labor supply is inelastic with respect to wages, lightly backward bending, and very similar for men and for women. Moreover, the authors find that quantity constraints in labor markets are a significant determinant of earnings inequality. Copyright 1993 by Royal Economic Society.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Oxford Economic Papers.

Volume (Year): 45 (1993)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 269-91

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Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:45:y:1993:i:2:p:269-91

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  1. Lars Osberg, 2003. "Long Run Trends in Income Inequality in the United States, UK, Sweden, Germany and Canada: A Birth Cohort View," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 29(1), pages 121-141, Winter.
  2. Shelley Phipps & Peter Burton & Lars Osberg, . "The Within Household Distribution of Subjective Well-Being," Department of Economics at Dalhousie University working papers archive, Dalhousie, Department of Economics _001, Dalhousie, Department of Economics.
  3. Shelley Phipps, 1995. "Canadian Child Benefits: Behavioural Consequences and Income Adequacy," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, University of Toronto Press, vol. 21(1), pages 20-30, March.
  4. Merz, Joachim & Burgert, Derik, 2004. "Wer arbeitet wann? Arbeitszeitarrangements von Selbständigen und abhängig Beschäftigten: Eine mikroökonometrische Analyse deutscher Zeitbudgetdaten," MPRA Paper 5975, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Daniel Gordon & Lars Osberg & Shelley Phipps, 2005. "Sampling variability: some observations from a labour supply equation," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 37(18), pages 2167-2175.
  6. Sandra Dandie & Joseph Mercante, 2007. "Australian labour supply elasticities: Comparison and critical review," Treasury Working Papers, Treasury, Australian Government 2007-04, Treasury, Australian Government, revised Oct 2007.
  7. Erik de Regt, 2009. "Hourly wages and working time in the Dutch market sector 1962-1995," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(6), pages 765-778.
  8. Osberg, Lars, 1995. "The Missing Link - Data on the Demand Side of Labour Markets," Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch 1995077e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.
  9. Osberg, Lars, 1995. "Le chainon manquant : donnees sur l'element demande des marches du travail," Direction des etudes analytiques : documents de recherche, Statistics Canada, Direction des etudes analytiques 1995077f, Statistics Canada, Direction des etudes analytiques.
  10. Benoit Dostie, 2012. "Labour Supply and Taxes: New Estimates of the Responses of Wives to Husbands’ Wages," Cahiers de recherche 12-02, HEC Montréal, Institut d'économie appliquée.
  11. Lars Osberg, 1996. "Economic Policy Variables and Population Health," Department of Economics at Dalhousie University working papers archive, Dalhousie, Department of Economics healthy, Dalhousie, Department of Economics.
  12. Regt,E.R.,de, 2004. "Hourly wages and working time in the Dutch market sector 1962-1995," Research Memorandum, Maastricht University, Maastricht Research School of Economics of Technology and Organization (METEOR) 028, Maastricht University, Maastricht Research School of Economics of Technology and Organization (METEOR).
  13. Osberg, L., 1995. "The Equity/Efficiency Trade-Off in Retrospect," Department of Economics at Dalhousie University working papers archive, Dalhousie, Department of Economics 95-04, Dalhousie, Department of Economics.
  14. Lars Osberg, 2003. "Understanding Growth and Inequality Trends: The Role of Labour Supply in the US and Germany," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, University of Toronto Press, vol. 29(s1), pages 163-184, January.

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