Did the Tax Cuts Increase Hours of Work? A Statistical Analysis of a Natural Experiment
Effects on hours worked of cuts in the Swedish income taxes are analyzed using longitudinal data that cover periods before and after a major tax reform in 1991. The results show that working males probably changed their hours very little as a result of reduced marginal tax rates, while women increased their hours in the order of 10 per cent. One can thus conclude that the tax reforms increased gender equality in workhours. Most of this effect comes directly from the tax changes and not through a change in the after tax net wage rate, a result that is not explained by a conventional myopic labor supply model with a static budget set. Copyright 2000 by WWZ and Helbing & Lichtenhahn Verlag AG
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Volume (Year): 53 (2000)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
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