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Taxation and labour supply: Evidence from a representative population survey

Bernd Hayo () and Matthias Uhl

Journal of Macroeconomics, 2015, vol. 45, issue C, 336-346

Abstract: We study how taxation influences labour supply using a specifically designed representative survey of the German population. First, we investigate whether taxes generally matter for the labour supply decisions of our respondents. Around 41 per cent report taking taxes into consideration, implying that the majority of the German population is unresponsive to taxation. Second, we look at self-reported labour supply adjustments following a recently enacted payroll tax change. Only around 12 per cent of our respondents report an actual labour supply response, but we find evidence of an income, as well as a substitution, effect of the tax change. Our conclusion is that the effects of taxes on labour supply in Germany are likely small. We analyse the correlation with economic and socio-demographic variables and find that the self-employed are relatively more sensitive to taxation and that low interest rates reduce incentives for expanding the labour supply.

Keywords: Taxation; Labour supply; Representative population survey; Germany (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E62 H30 J22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jmacro.2015.05.010

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