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Labor Supply

The Theory of the Consumer derives the demand for a good from the Two Goods - Two Prices Model. 

The Supply of Labor can be derived from a similar analysis where the two goods are consumption and leisure.

Building Blocks

Budget Constraint

The hours of work N are given by N = 24 - leisureThe budget constraint is given by Pcons = WN = W(24 - leisure).

Utility and Indifference Curves

The utility function is U = U(cons,leisure).  Work enters the utility function indirectly because the agent has to give up some leisure to increase his hours devoted to work.

Getting Started with EconModel

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The EconModel presentation shows what happens the wage rate changes.  It also analyzes the effects on the labor supply curve of two possible policy changes:  an income tax and a welfare program.

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