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Title:What explains the variation in estimates of labour supply elasticities? PDF Logo
Authors:Evers, Michiel
de Mooij, Ruud A.
van Vuuren, Daniel J.
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:CESifo working papers 1633
Abstract:This paper performs a meta-analysis of empirical estimates of uncompensated labour supply elasticities. We find that much of the variation in elasticities can be explained by the variation in gender, participation rates, and country fixed effects. Country differences appear to be small though. There is no systematic impact of the model specification or marital status on reported elasticities. The decision to participate is more responsive than is the decision regarding hours worked. Even at the intensive margin, we find that the elasticity for women exceeds that for men. For men and women in the Netherlands, we predict an uncompensated labour supply elasticity of 0.1 and 0.5, respectively. These values are robust for alternative samples and specifications of the meta regression.
Subjects:labour supply
meta-analysis
uncompensated elasticity
JEL:H2
J22
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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