Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/124991
Authors: 
Bloemen, Hans
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9464
Abstract: 
Most empirical studies of the impact of labour income taxation on the labour supply behaviour of households use a unitary modelling approach. In this paper we empirically analyze income taxation and the choice of working hours by combining the collective approach for household behaviour and the discrete hours choice framework with fixed costs of work. We identify the sharing rule parameters with data on working hours of both the husband and the wife within a couple. Parameter estimates are used to evaluate various model outcomes, like the wage elasticities of labour supply and the impacts of wage changes on the intrahousehold allocation of income. We also simulate the consequences of a policy change in the tax system. We find that the collective model has different empirical outcomes of income sharing than a restricted model that imposes income pooling. In particular, a specification with income pooling fails to capture asymmetries in the income sharing across spouses. These differences in outcomes have consequences for the evaluation of policy changes in the tax system and shed light on the effectiveness of certain policies.
Subjects: 
labour supply
household behaviour and family economics
intrahousehold allocation
taxation
model construction and estimation
JEL: 
J22
D1
D13
H24
C51
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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