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Do Married Women Base Their Labour Supply Decisions on Gross or Marginal Wages?

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  • König, Heinz
  • Laisney, François
  • Lechner, Michael
  • Pohlmeier, Winfried

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In the face of complex budget constraints the assumption of rationally acting individuals having complete knowledge of the tax system is a theoretical borderline. The specific issues examined in this study are (i) to what extent do consumers (here married women) perceive their true marginal tax rate when they make their labour supply decisions?, and (ii) how does the perception of the marginal tax rate differ among various socio-economic groups?. Using different approaches and different data sets·we consistently find that (i) against conventional wisdom the assumption of complete knowledge of the tax system does not fit the data well, and that (ii) education appears to be the main determinant of a correct perception of the marginal tax rate.

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  • König, Heinz & Laisney, François & Lechner, Michael & Pohlmeier, Winfried, 1993. "Do Married Women Base Their Labour Supply Decisions on Gross or Marginal Wages?," ZEW Discussion Papers 93-09, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
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