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Estimating labour supply responses using tax reforms


  • Richard Blundell

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University College London)

  • Alan Duncan

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Curtin Business School)

  • Costas Meghir

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Yale University)


The 1980s' tax reforms and the changing dispersion of wages offer one of the best opportunities yet to estimate labour supply effects. Nevertheless, changing sample composition, aggregate shocks, the changing composition of the tax paying population and discontinuities in the tax system create serious identification and estimation problems. We develop grouping estimators, that address these issues. Our results reveal positive and moderately-sized wage elasticities. We also find negative income effects for women with children.

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  • Richard Blundell & Alan Duncan & Costas Meghir, 1995. "Estimating labour supply responses using tax reforms," IFS Working Papers W95/07, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:ifs:ifsewp:95/07

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