Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/57162
Authors: 
Humpert, Stephan
Pfeifer, Christian
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
University of Lüneburg Working Paper Series in Economics 214
Abstract: 
This paper takes a labor supply perspective (neoclassical labor supply, job search) to explain the lower employment rates of older workers and women. The basic rationale is that workers choose non-employed if their reservation wages are larger than the offered wages. Whereas the offered wages depend on workers' productivity and firms' decisions, reservation wages are largely determined by workers' endowments and preferences for leisure. To shed some empirical light on this issue, we use German survey data to analyze age and gender differences in reservation and entry wages, preferred and actual working hours, and satisfaction with leisure and work.
Subjects: 
Age
Family gap
Gender
Job search
Labor supply
Reservation wages
JEL: 
J14
J22
J64
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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