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The Effects of Male and Female Labor Supply on Commodity Demands


  • Browning, Martin
  • Meghir, Costas


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.

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  • Browning, Martin & Meghir, Costas, 1991. "The Effects of Male and Female Labor Supply on Commodity Demands," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 59(4), pages 925-951, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecm:emetrp:v:59:y:1991:i:4:p:925-51

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