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Household Taxation, Income Splitting and Labor Supply Incentives – A Microsimulation Study for Germany

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  • Viktor Steiner
  • Katharina Wrohlich

We analyze potential labor supply effects of a shift from the current German system of joint taxation of married couples to a system of limited real income splitting on the basis of an econometric household labor supply model embedded in a tax benefit model. Our simulation results show relatively small labor supply effects of a shift from the current system to one of limited real income splitting system. In the benchmark scenario of a shift to separate taxation labor supply of wives would increase substantially in west Germany, while a significant number of husbands would drop out of the labor force. (JEL H31, H24, J22)

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Volume (Year): 50 (2004)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 541-568

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