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The CES utility function, non-linear budget constraints and labor supply : results on prime-age males in Japan

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  • Shun-ichiro Bessho

    (MOF, Japan)

  • Masayoshi Hayashi

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When the labour supply is elastic with respect to the net wage, labour income taxation generates economic distortion and welfare loss. The substitute effect is a key determinant of the magnitude of such deadweight loss; thus, evaluating the elasticity of the labour supply has broad and significant implications for assessing the effects of changes in public policy. We estimate the labout supply function based on the CES utility function, using large microdata sets in Japan and treating the complex Japanese income tax system carefully. The results of this chapter suggest that the uncompensated elasticity of the labour supply of prime-age males is at most 0.1.

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Paper provided by East Asian Bureau of Economic Research in its series Labor Economics Working Papers with number 21911.

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Keywords: piecewise linear budget constraint; labor supply; CES utility function;

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  1. Shun-ichiro Bessho & Masayoshi Hayashi, 2011. "Should Japanese Tax System Be More Progressive?," Global COE Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series gd10-181, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
  2. Shigeki Kunieda, 2009. "Working Hours and Taxation," Japanese Economy, M.E. Sharpe, Inc., vol. 36(2), pages 3-22, July.
  3. Shun-ichiro Bessho & Masayoshi Hayashi, 2013. "ntensive Margins, Extensive Margins, and Spousal Allowances in the Japanes e System of Personal Income Taxes: A Discrete Choice Analysis," CIRJE F-Series CIRJE-F-912, CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo.

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