A Test of the Unitary and Collective Models of Household Labour Supply
This paper tests the unitary and the collective household labor supply models within a structural framework. A nonlinear unrestricted household labor supply system is postulated and the set of parametric restrictions imposed by each model is derived. The authors' results generally reject the income pooling restrictions embodied in the unitary model. Also, the symmetry of cross-wage effects is rejected. However, the collective model is not rejected for groups with no preschool children. Copyright 1997 by Royal Economic Society.
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Volume (Year): 107 (1997)
Issue (Month): 443 (July)
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