A Shred of Credible Evidence on the Long-run Elasticity of Labour Supply

Orley Ashenfelter, Kirk Doran, Bruce Schaller

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Abstract

All public policies regarding taxation and the redistribution of income rely on assumptions about the long-run effect of wages rates on labour supply. The variation in existing estimates calls for a simple, natural experiment in which men can change their hours of work, and in which wages have been exogenously and permanently changed. We use a panel dataset of taxi drivers who choose their own hours, and who experienced two exogenous permanent fare increases, and estimate an elasticity of labour supply of -0.2, implying that income effects dominate substitution effects in the long-run labour supply of males.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)637-650
Number of pages14
JournalEconomica
Volume77
Issue number308
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics

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