Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161027
Authors: 
Barrett, Garry F.
Hamermesh, Daniel S.
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10404
Abstract: 
We measure the impact of measurement error in labor-supply elasticities estimated over recalled usual work hours, as is ubiquitous in the literature. Employing hours of work in diaries collected by the American Time Use Survey, 2003-12, along with the same respondents' recalled usual hours, we show that the latter yield elasticities that are positively biased. We argue that this bias arises from the salience on recalled hours of differences in wage rates.
Subjects: 
time use
measurement error
labor supply
JEL: 
J22
C21
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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