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Human Capital and Labor Supply: A Synthesis

Alan S. Blinder, Yoram Weiss

NBER Working Paper No. 67
Issued in 1975

It is by now widely recognized that investment decisions play a major role in the determination of individual age-earnings profiles. The purpose of this paper is to present a simple life-cycle model of investment in human capital in which leisure choices are explicitly incorporated. In so doing, we integrate two previously disparate branches of life-cycle theory: models of labor supply with exogenous wages, and models of human capital formation with exogenous leisure. Of course, to accomplish this, we must posit utility maximization as the individual's goal rather than income maximization.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w0067

Published: Blinder, Alan and Weiss, Yoram. "Human Capital and Labor Supply: A Synthesis." Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 83, No. 3, (June 1976), pp. 449-472. citation courtesy of

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