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Modes of Spousal Interaction and the Labor Market Environment

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  • Daniela Del Boca
  • Christopher J. Flinn

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We formulate a model of household behavior in which cooperation is costly and in which these costs vary across households. Some households rationally decide to behave noncooperatively, which in our context is an efficient outcome. An intriguing feature of the model is that, while the welfare of the spouses is continuous in the state variables, labor supply decisions are not. Small changes in state variables may result in large changes in labor supplies when the household switches its mode of behavior. We estimate the model using a nationally representative sample of Italian households and find that the costly cooperation model signfificantly outperforms a noncooperative model. This suggests the possibility of attaining large gains in aggregate labor supply by adopting policies which promote cooperative household behavior.

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  • Daniela Del Boca & Christopher J. Flinn, 2006. "Modes of Spousal Interaction and the Labor Market Environment," Carlo Alberto Notebooks 14, Collegio Carlo Alberto.
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    Keywords

    Household Time Allocation; Nash Bargaining; Nash Equilibrium; Maximum Likelihood.;
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    JEL classification:

    • C79 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Other
    • D19 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Other
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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