Labor Supply and Child Status Effects on Household Demands

Posted: 5 Jun 2013

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Christopher Nicol

University of Regina

Alice Orcutt Nakamura

University of Alberta - School of Business

Date Written: March 1, 1993

Abstract

This study draws attention to empirical evidence for the United Kingdom and Canada rejecting the separability of household commodity demands from labor supply. As might be anticipated on the basis of these rejections, using Canadian data, we find clear patterns in the average expenditure shares for husband-wife families classified by whether both spouses, only the man, only the woman, or neither worked. The patterns remain even when the families are further categorized by child-status and by family income. A number of implications of these findings are considered.

Keywords: labor supply, supply & demand, public spending, income, human capital

Suggested Citation

Nicol, Christopher and Nakamura, Alice Orcutt, Labor Supply and Child Status Effects on Household Demands (March 1, 1993). University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-284, Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 29, No. 2, 1994, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2273826

Christopher Nicol (Contact Author)

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Alice Orcutt Nakamura

University of Alberta - School of Business ( email )

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