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Analysing Labour Supply in a Lifestyle Perspective

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  • Maroesjka Versantvoort

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    (Erasmus University)

  • Lambert van der Laan

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    (Erasmus University)

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    Traditional labour supply theories stress economic variables as unemployment and wages to explain differences inlabour supply behaviour. Nowadays a number of trends can be observed in the literature about labour supply theoryand modelling: the integration of market-based and power based perspectives; the realization that social andcultural 'non-economic' factors influence economic functioning and the increasing importance to space. In thispaper a concept will be presented, which contributes to the operationalization of these new perspectives in regionallabour supply modelling: the life-style concept.Life-style is the relative importance to different careers and can be considered as a latent variable. Life-style groupsare formed based on similar life-course patterns. These groups have different goals and choose a specificorganizational framework in line with these goals. Various back-ground characteristics of persons are assumed todetermine the life-style category someone belongs to.In this paper a review is made of the theory of the concept and its use in spatial research on the labour market. Thelife-style concept that will be used to model labour supply is specified and operationalized.

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    Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 98-010/3.

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    Date of creation: 09 Feb 1998
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