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Nonparametric Analysis of Household Labor Supply: Goodness of Fit and Power of the Unitary and the Collective Model

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  • Laurens Cherchye

    (University of Leuven Campus Kortrijk and Center for Economic Studies)

  • Frederic Vermeulen

    (Tilburg University, CentER, Netspar, and IZA)

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We compare the empirical performance of unitary and collective labor supply models, using representative data from the Dutch DNB Household Survey. We conduct a nonparametric analysis that avoids the distortive impact of an erroneously specified functional form for the preferences and/or the intrahousehold bargaining process. Our analysis focuses on the goodness of fit of the two behavioral models. To guarantee a fair comparison, we complement this goodness-of-fit analysis with a power analysis. Our results strongly favor the collective approach to modeling the behavior of multiperson households. Copyright by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Laurens Cherchye & Frederic Vermeulen, 2008. "Nonparametric Analysis of Household Labor Supply: Goodness of Fit and Power of the Unitary and the Collective Model," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 90(2), pages 267-274, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:90:y:2008:i:2:p:267-274
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    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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