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A Shred of Credible Evidence on the Long Run Elasticity of Labor Supply

Orley Ashenfelter (), Kirk Doran () and Bruce Schaller
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Bruce Schaller: New York City Department of Transportation

No 1180, Working Papers from Princeton University, Department of Economics, Industrial Relations Section.

Abstract: The available estimates of the wage elasticity of male labor supply in the literature have varied between -0.2 and 0.2, implying that permanent wage increases have relatively small, poorly determined effects on labor supplied. The variation in existing estimates calls for a simple, natural experiment in which men can change their hours of work, and in which wages have been exogenously and permanently changed. We introduce a panel data set of taxi drivers who choose their own hours, and who experienced two exogenous permanent fare increases instituted by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. Our preferred estimate suggests that their elasticity of labor supply is about -0.2.

Keywords: labor supply; New York City; wage elasticity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J22 H31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-09
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