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Household Labor Supply and Welfare Participation in Sweden

  • Flood, Lennart

    (Department of Economics, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University)

  • Hansen, Jörgen

    ()

    (IZA)

  • Wahlberg, Roger

    ()

    (Department of Economics, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University)

Using a sample of Swedish households, we estimate a household labor supply model assuming that preferences for consumption and leisure can be described by a direct translog utility function. The labor supply and welfare participation decisions are treated as a discrete choice problem, and we assume that these choices follow a simple conditional logit rule. In addition, we allow unobserved individual- specific effects to be correlated across alternatives. We assume that these unobserved effects are drawn from a discrete distribution, and the correlation across alternatives is modeled using factor-loading techniques. Classification error in hours is allowed for by using a multiplicative measurement error specification. The estimates from the structural model yield inelastic labor supply among husbands and positive wage elasticity for wives. Further, the cross elasticities are close to zero.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 18.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 28 Nov 1999
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0018
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