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Sectoral labour supply, choice restrictions and functional form

  • Steinar Str�m

    (University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway)

  • John K. Dagsvik

    (Statistics Norway, Research Department, P.O. Box 8131 Dep., N-0033 Oslo, Norway)

In this paper we discuss a general framework for analysing labour supply behaviour in the presence of complicated budget and quantity constraints, of which some are unobserved. The individual's labour supply decision is viewed as a choice from a set of discrete alternatives (jobs). These jobs are characterized by attributes such as hours of work, sector-specific wages and other sector-specific aspects of the jobs. The labour supply model for married women is estimated on Norwegian data. Wage elasticities and the outcome of a tax reform experiment show that overall labour supply is moderately elastic, but these modest overall responses shadow for much stronger inter-sectoral changes. Our model is compared with a discrete choice model in which the utility is assumed to be a polynomial. We show that our estimated model has a more economically sensible interpretation and fits the data as well as the alternative approach. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Volume (Year): 21 (2006)
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Pages: 803-826

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