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Choice among Wage-Hours Packages: An Empirical Investigation of Male Labor Supply

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  • Biddle, Jeff E
  • Zarkin, Gary A

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This article specifies and estimates an empirical model of male labor supply based on an implicit market model of wage-hours determination. The authors discuss how moving from a standard labor supply model to an implicit market model affects model specification and choice of estimation technique. They find that average hourly earnings are not independent of hours worked and that ordinary least squares estimates of the wage-hours relationship are biased. They also show that a labor supply model that assumes wages to be independent of hours worked produces a positively biased estimate of the effect of the wage on labor supply. Copyright 1989 by University of Chicago Press.

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  • Biddle, Jeff E & Zarkin, Gary A, 1989. "Choice among Wage-Hours Packages: An Empirical Investigation of Male Labor Supply," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 7(4), pages 415-437, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:7:y:1989:i:4:p:415-37
    DOI: 10.1086/298215
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