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Richard Blundell, Andreas Peichl, and Klaus F. Zimmermann

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198749806

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749806.001.0001

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Job Changes and Hours Changes

Job Changes and Hours Changes

Understanding the Path of Labor Supply Adjustment

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(p.170) 7 Job Changes and Hours Changes
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Labor Supply and Taxation
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Richard Blundell

Mike Brewer

Marco Francesconi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749806.003.0008

This chapter assesses the mechanism of labour supply adjustment among single women with children by examining three in-work benefit reforms in the UK, which either changed working hours requirements for eligibility for benefits, or increased the attractiveness of working a given number of hours. The chapter uses these reforms to examine whether the measurement of flexibility is large or small, and for which type of worker it is larger or smaller, rather than to look directly at the question of whether hours flexibility is complete or not. The analysis of these reforms also help in highlighting actual movements along the labour supply curve, and combines these with information on stated preferences and job mobility to assess whether and how women adjust their labour supply in response to changes in the incentives to work a given number of hours.

Keywords:   labour supply adjustment, single women with children, benefit reforms, hours requirements, benefits, labour supply curve, state preferences, job mobility

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