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Altruism with Endogenous Labor Supply

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  • Fernandes, A.

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This paper proposes a model of altruism with endogenous labor supply. A full characterization of the family's choices of consumption and leisure is provided. Initially, work effort is assumed to be publicly observed; this assumption is later relaxed, allowing for privately observed actions. It is shown that the ``redistributive neutrality'' property commonly associated with altruism holds only with respect to non-labor income sources. Failing to control for labor income amounts to an inadequate specification of empirical tests of the neutrality hypothesis. Further, when effort is privately observed, the need to convey incentives causes neutrality to break down entirely.

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Paper provided by Centro de Estudios Monetarios Y Financieros- in its series Papers with number 0002.

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Length: 49 pages
Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:fth:cemfdt:0002

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Keywords: ALTRUISM ; ASYMETRIC INFORMATION ; LABOUR MARKET;

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  1. Ernesto Villanueva, 2001. "Parental altruism under imperfect information: Theory and evidence," Economics Working Papers 566, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, revised Sep 2002.
  2. Mohamed Jellal & FranÁois-Charles Wolff, 2003. "Leaving Home as a Self-selection Device," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 70(279), pages 423-438, 08.
  3. Ana Fernandes, 2011. "Altruism, labor supply and redistributive neutrality," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 24(4), pages 1443-1469, October.
  4. Josep Pijoan-Mas, 2006. "Precautionary Savings or Working Longer Hours?," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 9(2), pages 326-352, April.
  5. Jellal, Mohamed, 2009. "A Theory of Educational Inequality Family and Agency Costs," MPRA Paper 17434, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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