Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/169025
Authors: 
Šabic-Lipovaca, Ada
Strielkowski, Wadim
Bilan, Yuriy
Year of Publication: 
2016
Citation: 
[Journal:] Amfiteatru Economic Journal [ISSN:] 2247-9104 [Volume:] 18 [Year:] 2016 [Issue:] 43 [Pages:] 634-653
Abstract: 
Our paper aims at testing the intertemporal substitution hypothesis (ISH) for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The hypothesis predicts a positive relationship between the hours worked and the transitory changes in wages. We tested the hypothesis using the data on the daily income and worked hours collected via the survey questionnaire among small entrepreneurs in North-Western Bosnia and Herzegovina. The estimated wage elasticities turned out to be positive and different from zero, according to which it appears that the hypothesis of negative wage elasticities was not backed up by the empirical evidence. Our findings imply that the intertemporal labour substitution hypothesis found evidence and that we can reject the daily targeting hypothesis. We also argue that Bosnian entrepreneurs tend to pursue profits across working days because their main motive for running a business is the accumulation of capital and wealth, so that they follow the pattern of intertemporal labour substitution. The findings can be explained by an unfavourable business climate in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is a result of a long-lasting transition process the country is still undergoing.
Subjects: 
labour supply
elasticity
intertemporal substitution
daily targeting
SMEs
Bosnia and Herzegovina
JEL: 
C23
D90
J22
Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article

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