Beware of Workaholics: Household Preferences and Individual Equilibrium Utility
33 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2005
Date Written: February 2005
This paper analyzes the effects of sociological changes in the form of a shift of influence within two-member households participating in labor and product markets. The most striking effects occur when household members differ in individual preferences and enjoy positive leisure-dependent externalities. For instance, a global sociological change where the "workaholic" member becomes more influential in each working class household can render the working class worse off. A binding restriction on the number of hours an individual is allowed to work can benefit all workers.
Keywords: household behavior, general equilibrium, externalities, labor supply
JEL Classification: D10, D50, J22
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