The Intensive and Extensive Margin of European Labour Supply

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Hanna Frings

Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen)

Sandra Schaffner

RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

Date Written: November 1, 2011

Abstract

Labour supply is determined by two factors: the participation of workers in the labour market (extensive margin), and the number of hours supplied by those working (intensive margin). Based on the European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), we analyze which margin is more decisive in determining overall labour supply in 24 Member States. The results reveal large differences between countries, even after controlling for composition effects in terms of socio-demographic and household characteristics. In addition to individual labour supply, our focus is on differences between EU Member States concerning household labour supply. Joint determination of the number of hours worked between spouses can be observed for dual-income couples in Austria, the Netherlands and Spain.

Keywords: Female labour supply, household labour supply, European Union, EU-LFS

JEL Classification: J22, J21, J16

Suggested Citation

Frings, Hanna and Schaffner, Sandra, The Intensive and Extensive Margin of European Labour Supply (November 1, 2011). Ruhr Economic Paper No. 291, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1965500 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1965500

Hanna Frings (Contact Author)

Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen) ( email )

Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
Essen, 45128
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.rwi-essen.de/hanna-frings

Sandra Schaffner

RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research ( email )

Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
Essen, 45128
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.rwi-essen.de/schaffner

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