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The Means Testing of Benefits and the Labour Supply of the wives of Unemployed Men: Results from a Fixed Effects Model

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  • Aedin Doris

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Women married to unemployed men in Britain have lower participation rates than those married to employed men. Possible reasons include unfavourable local labour market conditions affecting both, their both having poor labour market characteristics, and the means testing of benefits, which creates a disincentive for the wife to work. Using a British panel survey of unemployed men and their families, the means testing effect is estimated; unobservable characteristics are accounted for by using a fixed effects model. The results show no effect of means testing on the labour supply of the wives.

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  • Aedin Doris, 1999. "The Means Testing of Benefits and the Labour Supply of the wives of Unemployed Men: Results from a Fixed Effects Model," Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series n930999, Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth.
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    1. Marcus Eliason, 2011. "Income after job loss: the role of the family and the welfare state," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(5), pages 603-618.

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    Keywords

    Labour Supply; Disincentives; Benefit System;

    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J65 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment Insurance; Severance Pay; Plant Closings
    • H31 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Household
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs

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