UBC Theses and Dissertations
A life cycle model of labor supply Katsaitis, Odysseus
This thesis focusses on three areas in the theory of intertemporal utility maximization. First, I integrate the theory of labor supply and human capital accumulation. I formulate a model of intertemporal utility maximization in which time is allocated between leisure, schooling and work. It is assumed that the wage rate is a function of years of schooling and experience which, in turn, is a function of the total number of hours that the individual has worked so far. Second, I develop a new technique which allows us to estimate functional relationships derived from optimal control problems for which no analytic solution exists. Third, I estimate the proposed model for two different data sets. Flexible functional forms are employed for estimation purposes and every effort is made so that the empirical model approximates as closely as possible the theoretical one.