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Female Labor Supply, Human Capital and Welfare Reform

Richard Blundell (), Monica Costa Dias (), Costas Meghir () and Jonathan Shaw

No 1892, Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers from Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University

Abstract: We consider the impact of Tax credits and income support programs on female education choice, employment, hours and human capital accumulation over the life-cycle. We thus analyze both the short run incentive effects and the longer run implications of such programs. By allowing for risk aversion and savings we are also able to quantify the insurance value of alternative programs. We find important incentive effects on education choice, and labor supply, with single mothers having the most elastic labor supply. Returns to labour market experience are found to be substantial but only for full-time employment, and especially for women with more than basic formal education. For those with lower education the welfare programs are shown to have substantial insurance value. Based on the model marginal increases to tax credits are preferred to equally costly increases in income support and to tax cuts, except by those in the highest education group.

Keywords: Female labor supply; Welfare reform; Tax credits; Education choice; Dynamic discrete choice models; Life cycle models (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H2 H3 J22 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dem, nep-dge, nep-edu, nep-hrm, nep-lab, nep-lma, nep-ltv and nep-pbe
Date: 2013-04
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