De Economist

, Volume 156, Issue 1, pp 25–43

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

  • Michiel Evers
  • Ruud De Mooij
  • Daniel Van Vuuren
Open Access

DOI: 10.1007/s10645-007-9080-z

Cite this article as:
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 supply uncompensated wage elasticity meta-analysis 

JEL Code(s)

J22 H3 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michiel Evers
    • 1
  • Ruud De Mooij
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
  • Daniel Van Vuuren
    • 7
    • 8
  1. 1.Ministry of Economic AffairsThe HagueThe Netherlands
  2. 2.CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy AnalysisThe HagueThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Erasmus Universiteit RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Tinbergen InstituteRotterdamThe Netherlands
  5. 5.NetsparTilburgThe Netherlands
  6. 6.CESifoMunichGermany
  7. 7.CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy AnalysisThe HagueThe Netherlands
  8. 8.NetsparTilburgThe Netherlands

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