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On the performance of unitary models of household labor supply estimated on “collective” data with taxation

  • Denis Beninger

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    (Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW), L7 1, D-68161 Mannheim, Germany)

  • François Laisney

    (BETA-THEME, Université Louis Pasteur, 61 avenue de la Forêt Noire, 67000 Strasbourg, and ZEW)

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    This paper compares collective and unitary models on the basis of simulated collective data with income taxation. We distinguish the cases of individual and joint taxation. Estimating a flexible unitary model, we obtain strikingly different “preference” parameters depending on the type of taxation. We also obtain substantial differences between predicted adjustments to labor supply following a switch between tax regimes. Our results show that even the design of revenue-neutral reforms may be heavily distorted by the use of a unitary model on collective data. Finally, we discuss distortions affecting the welfare analysis of reforms on the basis of unitary estimates when the model generating the data is a collective model. The results suggest that increased efforts should be devoted to the estimation of collective models with taxation.

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    Article provided by INRA Department of Economics in its journal Cahiers d'Economie et Sociologie Rurales.

    Volume (Year): 81 (2006)
    Issue (Month): p ()
    Pages: 5-36

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    Handle: RePEc:rae:jouces:v:81:y:2006:i:p:5-36
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