Beiträge zur Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2014: Evidenzbasierte Wirtschaftspolitik - Session: Labour Supply No. A04-V2
We specify and estimate a dynamic structural life-cycle model of labor supply, retirement and savings decisions of single-adult and couple households. Drawing on our model, we study the interplay between family labor supply and public insurance mechanisms. By including family labor supply, we recognize that the incentive effects and optimal design of public insurance programs may be impacted by a household's ability to adjust either one spouse's or both spouses' labor supply in response to wage and employment shocks. The analysis sheds new light on the optimal trade-off between insurance and incentives. In particular we show that family labor supply has quantitatively important implications for the optimal design of public insurance programs.