The Effects of Male and Female Labor Supply on Commodity Demands
The authors examine the effects of male and female labor supply on household demands and present a simple and robust test for the separability of demands from labor supply. Using data on individual households from six years of the U.K. Family Expenditure Survey, they estimate a demand system for seven goods that includes hours and participation dummies as conditioning variables. Allowance is made for the possible endogeneity of theses conditioning labor-supply variables. The authors find that separability is rejected. Furthermore, they present evidence that ignoring labor supply leads to bias in the parameter estimates. Copyright 1991 by The Econometric Society.
Volume (Year): 59 (1991)
Issue (Month): 4 (July)
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