Labor Supply Decisions in Germany — A Semiparametric Regression Analysis

  • Wolfram Kempe
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Part of the Studies in Classification, Data Analysis, and Knowledge Organization book series (STUDIES CLASS)


This paper analyzes labor supply decisions of married women in order to identify differences between East and West Germany. The semiparametric General Additive Model (GAM) was chosen to avoid assumptions about the functional type of correlation and to discover characteristics in behavior. The estimator is based on a partial integration following Linton and Nielsen (1995). The analytical features of the new estimator are easier to determine than in the traditional back-fitting algorithm. This analysis unveiled significant differences of labor supply behavior among East and West Germany.


Labour Supply Labour Market Participation German Woman Labor Supply Decision Variable Wage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfram Kempe
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  1. 1.Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung HalleAbteilung ArbeitsmarktHalleGermany

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