Aggregation with a mix of indivisible and continuous labor supply decisions

Vasilev, Aleksandar (2016) Aggregation with a mix of indivisible and continuous labor supply decisions. International Journal of Social Economics, 43 (12). pp. 1507-1512. ISSN 0306-8293

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the problem of non-convex labor supply decision in
an economy with both discrete and continuous labor decisions. In contrast to the setup in McGrattan
et al. (1997), here each household faces an indivisible labor supply choice in the market sector, while it
can choose to work any number of hours in the non-market sector.
Design/methodology/approach – The authors show how lotteries as in Rogerson (1988) can again
be used to convexify consumption sets, and aggregation over individual preferences.
Findings – With a mix of discrete and continuous labor supply decisions, disutility of non-market
work becomes separable from market work, and the elasticity of the latter increases from unity to
Research limitations/implications – As a possible venue for future research, the authors plan to
feed the derived aggregate utility function above in a sophisticated real-business-cycle model
to investigate the effect of those preferences for the transmission of technology and fiscal shocks.
Originality/value – This is a novel and interesting result in the aggregation literature

Keywords:Social choice, Utility, Aggregation, Indivisible labour, Lotteries, Discrete-continuous mix, Home production, Non-convexities
Subjects:L Social studies > L100 Economics
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:33192
Deposited On:25 Oct 2018 13:47

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