The Impact of Tax-Benefit Reforms on Labor Supply in a Simulated Nash-bargaining Framework

Abstract : Several theoretical contributions have suggested to model household behavior as a Nash-bargaining game. Yet very few attempts have been made to operationalize cooperative models of labor supply for policy analysis. In this paper, we implement a Nash-bargaining model with external threat points (divorce) into the microsimulation of tax-benefit policy reforms in France. The observation of divorced individuals is used to predict outside options and (some) of the preferences for individuals living in couples. Benchmark simulations are conducted in a way that guarantees consistency with the Nash bargaining setting, regularity conditions and observed behavior. We examine how the labor supply of couples adjusts to shocks on threat points, either hypothetical or generated by a radical tax-benefit reform.
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Olivier Bargain, Nicolas Moreau. The Impact of Tax-Benefit Reforms on Labor Supply in a Simulated Nash-bargaining Framework. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer Verlag, 2013, 34 (1), pp.77--86. 〈10.1007/s10834-012-9300-9〉. 〈hal-01245264〉

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