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What Explains the Variation in Estimates of Labour Supply Elasticities?

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  • Michiel Evers
  • Ruud A. De Mooij
  • Daniel J. Van Vuuren

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This paper performs a meta-analysis of empirical estimates of uncompensated labour supply elasticities. We find that much of the variation in elasticities can be explained by the variation in gender, participation rates, and country fixed effects. Country differences appear to be small though. There is no systematic impact of the model specification or marital status on reported elasticities. The decision to participate is more responsive than is the decision regarding hours worked. Even at the intensive margin, we find that the elasticity for women exceeds that for men. For men and women in the Netherlands, we predict an uncompensated labour supply elasticity of 0.1 and 0.5, respectively. These values are robust for alternative samples and specifications of the meta regression.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1633.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Keywords: labour supply; meta-analysis; uncompensated elasticity;

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