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American Economic Review: Vol. 101 No. 3 (May 2011)

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Labor Supply and the Extensive Margin

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Blundell, Richard, Antoine Bozio, and Guy Laroque. 2011. "Labor Supply and the Extensive Margin." American Economic Review, 101(3): 482-86.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.101.3.482

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In this paper we propose a systematic way of examining the importance of the extensive and the intensive margins of labor supply in order to explain the overall movements in total hours of work over time. We show how informative bounds can be developed on each of these margins. We apply this analysis to the evolution of hours of work in the US, the UK, and France and show that both the extensive and intensive margins matter in explaining changes in total hours.

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Blundell, Richard (U College London and IFS, London)
Bozio, Antoine (U College London and IFS, London)
Laroque, Guy (U College London and IFS, London)

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J22: Time Allocation and Labor Supply


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