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Collective Labor Supply : Heterogeneity and Nonparticipation

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  • Richard Blundell

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  • Pierre-André Chiappori

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  • Thierry Magnac

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  • Costas Meghir

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In this paper we extend the "collective" model of labour supply developed by Chiappori (1988) to allow for discrete choices, censoring and nonparticipation in employment. We derive the collective restrictions on labour supply functions that we contrast with restrictions implied by the usual "unitary" framework. We apply our results to the estimation of a collective labor supply model for married couples without children.using UK data from 1979 to 1993. Taking into account unobserved heterogeneity, we use the popular log-linear labor supply framework. The implications of the unitary framework are rejected while those of the collective approach are not. The estimates of the sharing rule show that wages have a strong influence on bargaining power within couples.
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  • Richard Blundell & Pierre-André Chiappori & Thierry Magnac & Costas Meghir, 2001. "Collective Labor Supply : Heterogeneity and Nonparticipation," Working Papers 2001-32, Center for Research in Economics and Statistics.
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    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
    • D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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