Female labour supply, human capital and welfare reform

Blundell, Richard and Costa Dias, Monica and Meghir, Costas and Shaw, Jonathan (2013) Female labour supply, human capital and welfare reform. Other. IFS.

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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 analyze both the short run incentive effects and the
longer run implications of such programs. By allowing for risk aversion and savings, we 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 labor 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.

Item Type: Working Paper (Other)
Subjects: 1. Frameworks for Research and Research Designs > 1.11 Evaluation Research
5. Quantitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 5.17 Quantitative Approaches (other)
Depositing User: PEPA User
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2013 16:42
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2021 13:58
URI: https://eprints.ncrm.ac.uk/id/eprint/3154
DOI: 10.1920/wp.ifs.2013.1310

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