De Economist

, Volume 156, Issue 1, pp 25–43

The Wage Elasticity of Labour Supply: A Synthesis of Empirical Estimates


  • Michiel Evers
    • Ministry of Economic Affairs
  • Ruud De Mooij
    • CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis
    • Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
    • Tinbergen Institute
    • Netspar
    • CESifo
    • CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis
    • Netspar
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DOI: 10.1007/s10645-007-9080-z

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Evers, M., De Mooij, R. & Van Vuuren, D. De Economist (2008) 156: 25. doi:10.1007/s10645-007-9080-z


This paper performs a meta-analysis of empirical estimates of uncompensated labour supply elasticities. For the Netherlands, we find that an elasticity of 0.5 for women and 0.1 for men is a good reflection of what the literature reveals. The elasticity for men hardly differs between countries, but for women some cross-country variation is found. The increasing participation rate of women may lead to a somewhat lower elasticity in the future. Both the specification of the hours function and the estimation method are found to affect elasticity estimates.


labour supplyuncompensated wage elasticitymeta-analysis

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