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Joint Labor Supply Decisions of Married Females and Males: An Empirical Analysis Based on Italian Household Data


  • Aaberge, R.
  • Colombino, U.
  • Strom, S.


The present study applies a particular econometric framework which allows for complex non-convex budget sets, highly non-linear labor supply curves and imperfect markets with institutional constraints. A married couple version of the model is estimated on Italian microdata. The empirical results demonstrate that the model reproduces the distribution of labor supply for females and males quite well. Moreover, the results show that male labor supply is rather inelastic while labor supply among females, especially participation, is considerably more elastic.

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  • Aaberge, R. & Colombino, U. & Strom, S., 1997. "Joint Labor Supply Decisions of Married Females and Males: An Empirical Analysis Based on Italian Household Data," Memorandum 18/1997, Oslo University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:osloec:1997_018

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    1. Wolf, Elke, 2000. "Loosening hours constraints on the supply of labor: what if Germans had a Dutch labor market?," ZEW Discussion Papers 00-54, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
    2. Arntz, Melanie & Feil, Michael & Spermann, Alexander, 2003. "Die Arbeitsangebotseffekte der neuen Mini- und Midijobs : eine ex-ante Evaluation (The effects of the new mini- and midi-jobs on the suply of labour * an ex-ante evaluation)," Mitteilungen aus der Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany], vol. 36(3), pages 271-290.
    3. Spermann, Alexander & Feil, Michael & Arntz, Melanie, 2003. "Maxi-Arbeitsangebotseffekte oder zusätzliche Arbeitslose durch Mini- und Midi-Jobs?," ZEW Discussion Papers 03-67, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
    4. Wolf, Elke, 1998. "Do hours restrictions matter? A discrete family labor supply model with endogenous wages and hours restrictions," ZEW Discussion Papers 98-44, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.

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    JEL classification:

    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation


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