A Test of the Unitary and Collective Models of Household Labour Supply

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Bernard Fortin

Université Laval - Département d'Économique; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Guy Lacroix

Université Laval - Département d'Économique; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: July 1997

Abstract

This paper tests the unitary and the collective household labour supply models within a structural framework. A nonlinear unrestricted household labour supply system is postulated and the set of parametric restrictions imposed by each model is derived. Our results generally reject the income pooling restrictions embodied in the unitary model. Also, the symmetry of cross‐wage effects is rejected. However, the collective model is not rejected for groups with no pre‐school children.

Suggested Citation

Fortin, Bernard and Lacroix, Guy, A Test of the Unitary and Collective Models of Household Labour Supply (July 1997). The Economic Journal, Vol. 107, Issue 443, pp. 933-955, 1997, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1994196 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.1997.tb00001.x

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