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Labour supply in Austria: an assessment of recent developments and the effects of a tax reform

Sandra Müllbacher and Wolfgang Nagl
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Sandra Müllbacher: Federal Ministry of Finance

Empirica, 2017, vol. 44, issue 3, 465-486

Abstract: Abstract We apply a structural discrete choice framework to estimate income-specific own-wage and cross-wage labour supply elasticities in regard to working hours and participation for married and single males and females in Austria. We use data from the Austrian components of the European Statistics of Income and Living Conditions from 2004 to 2012. Own-wage elasticities are very small for males and slightly higher for females. Cross-wage elasticities are practically zero for males and slightly negative for females. Male and female own-wage elasticities decrease with higher incomes. Over time female labour supply elasticities decrease. Furthermore, we assess the labour supply and fiscal effects of the Austrian tax reform of 2016. We find a total increase in working hours by 0.71%. The labour supply effects are stronger on the intensive margin, for females and for low-income earners. On total the tax reform induces a tax relief of 4.7 billion Euros. The positive effects on tax burden and disposable income increase with the individual income.

Keywords: Labour supply; Wage elasticity; Participation elasticity; Tax reform; Discrete choice (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J08 J21 J22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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