Quadratic utility, labour supply and the welfare effects of tax changes
AbstractThis paper examines the use of the quadratic direct utility function in modelling labour supply behaviour. This function has been used in recent empirical studies of labour supply. Emphasis is given to the treatment of welfare changes, involving the derivation of the expenditure function. A convenient expression for the Slutsky condition is also obtained. In examining welfare changes, special attention is given to possible movements to or from corner solutions, since these involve the use of virtual wages rather than observed net wages. In addition, changes in tax parameters can have income and price effects, in view of the endogeneity of the net (or virtual) wage rate and virtual income when faced with piecewise-linear budget constraints. Numerical examples illustrate the effects of tax changes on compensating and equivalent variations.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School in its journal Australian Journal of Labour Economics.
Volume (Year): 4 (2000-2001)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
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Time allocation and labour supply (hours of work; part-time employment; work sharing; absenteeism;
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- Creedy, J., 2001. "Quadratic Utility, Labour Supply and The Welfare Effects of Tax Changes," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 774, The University of Melbourne.
- J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
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- John Creedy & Guyonne Kalb, 2001.
"Measuring Welfare Changes With Nonlinear Budget Constraints in Continuous and Discrete Hours Labour Supply Models,"
Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series
wp2001n09, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
- Creedy, J. & Kalb, G., 2001. "Measuring Welfare Changes With Nonlinear Budget Constraints in Continuous and Discrete Hours Labour Supply Models," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 799, The University of Melbourne.
- John Creedy & Nicolas Herault & Guyonne Kalb, 2008.
"Comparing Welfare Change Measures withIncome Change Measures in Behavioural Policy Simulations,"
Department of Economics - Working Papers Series
1030, The University of Melbourne.
- John Creedy & Nicolas Hérault & Guyonne Kalb, 2007. "Comparing Welfare Change Measures with Income Change Measures in Behavioural Policy Simulations," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2007n21, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
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