THE MEANS TESTING OF BENEFITS AND THE LABOUR SUPPLY OF THE WIVES OF UNEMPLOYED MEN: RESULTS FROM A MOVER-STAYER MODEL
Aedín Doris ()
Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series from Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth
Women married to unemployed men in Britain have lower participation rates than those married to employed men. Possible reasons include (1) husbands and wives fac-ing similar unfavourable local labour market conditions, (2) their both having characteristics which make it more likely that they will be unemployed, and (3) the means testing of benefit income, which creates a disincentive for the wife to work. These is-sues are investigated using a British survey of unemployed men and their families. Econometric results from a Mover-Stayer model indicate a limited effect of means testing on the labour supply of the wives.
Keywords: Labour Supply; Disincentives; Benefit System. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J22 J65 H31 I38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 73 pages
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