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Interpreting Labor Supply Regressions in a Model of Full and Part-Time Work

  • Yongsung Chang

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    (University of Rochester)

  • Sun-Bin Kim

    ()

    (Department of Economics, Korea University)

  • Kyooho Kwon

    ()

    (University of Rochester)

  • Richard Rogerson

    ()

    (Arizona State University)

We construct a family model of labor supply that features adjustment along both the intensive and extensive margin. Intensive margin adjustment is restricted to two values: full time work and part-time work. Using simulated data from the steady state of the calibrated model, we examine whether standard labor supply regressions can uncover the true value of the intertemporal elasticity of labor supply parameter. We find positive estimated elasticities that are larger for women and that are highly significant, but they bear virtually no relationship to the underlying preference parameters.

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Paper provided by University of Rochester - Center for Economic Research (RCER) in its series RCER Working Papers with number 560.

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Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2011
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Handle: RePEc:roc:rocher:560
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