On Private Incentives to Acquire Household Production Skills
AbstractIn non-cooperative models of the family, improved productivity in contribution to a family good typically implies that, in equilibrium, one contributes more to the public good, while one's spouse contributes less. Thus, improves contribution productivity has a negative strategic effect on one's utility. We show that this strategic effect tends to be stronger the lower is one's initial contribution productivity. Therefore, the most productive has the strongest incentives to improve his or her productivity, widening any initial productivity differences. Similar results are also obtained in a cooperative bargaining model with non-cooperation as the threat point.
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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 1999
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HOUSEHOLD ; PRODUCTIVITY ; FAMILY ; MEN ; WOMEN;
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- Steinar Vagstad, 2001. "On private incentives to acquire household production skills," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 14(2), pages 301-312.
- Vagstad, S., 2001. "On Private Incentives to Aquire Household Production Skills," Norway; Department of Economics, University of Bergen 221, Department of Economics, University of Bergen.
- D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
- H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
- J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
- J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
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