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Wives’ Labor Supply and Taxation: a Conditional Preferences Approach

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  • Christophe Kolodziejczyk

    (Institute of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

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In the context of the unitary model of household labour supply we test whether the husband’s work is separable from consumption and the wife’s work. We apply a conditional preferences approach to derive a conditional labor supply function for the wife consistent with a unitary model with nonseparable preferences. Our main results are that consumption and wife’s work hours are not separable from the husband’s labour supply. Furthermore we find that the wife’s and husband’s work hours are complements when men tend to work longer hours than a typical full-time contract.

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  • Christophe Kolodziejczyk, 2005. "Wives’ Labor Supply and Taxation: a Conditional Preferences Approach," CAM Working Papers 2005-02, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. Centre for Applied Microeconometrics.
  • Handle: RePEc:kud:kuieca:2005_02
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    Keywords

    conditional preferences; non-separability; income taxation; married women labor supply;

    JEL classification:

    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies
    • H31 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Household
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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