Discrete choice modelling of labour supply in Luxembourg through EUROMOD microsimulation

Publication type:

EUROMOD Working Paper Series

Series Number:

EM5/10

Authors

Frederic Berger, Nizamul Islam and Philippe Liégeois

Publication date

1 Aug 2010

Abstract

In this study, the household labour supply is modelled as a discrete choice problem assuming that preference for leisure and consumption can be described by a quadratic utility function which allows for non-convexities in the budget set. We assess behavioural responses to the significant changes in the tax-benefit system during 2001-2002 in Luxembourg. Only moderate impact is found, on average, on the efficiency of the economy as measured by the labour supply effects. The impact is indeed concentrated on richer single women. These increase significantly their labour force, which more than doubles the non-behavioural effect of the tax reform on disposable income and boosts the gains in well-being for that part of population.

Subjects

Labour Economics, Welfare Benefits and Microsimulation

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