Female Labour Supply, Human Capital and Welfare Reform
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We estimate a dynamic model of employment, human capital accumulation — including education, and savings for women in the UK, exploiting policy changes. We analyze both the incentive eﬀects and the welfare implications of tax credits and income support programs and we account for their insurance value. We ﬁnd important incentive eﬀects on education choice and labor supply, with single mothers having the most elastic labor supply. Returns to experience increase with education, but experience only accumulates when in full-time employment. Finally, marginal increases in tax credits are preferred to equally costly income support or to tax cuts.
Blundell, Richard; Dias, Monica Costa; Meghir, Costas; and Shaw, Jonathan, "Female Labour Supply, Human Capital and Welfare Reform" (2013). Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers. 2266.