This paper assesses the eﬀects that an introduction of the French family splitting mechanism would have on German families’ labour supply and intra-household consumption behaviour. We use simulated real world microdata created by means of a ‘deterministic’ collective labour supply model. The data are generated by a compound procedure of estimation and calibration based on GSOEP data. In a microsimulation the present tax-benefit system with child benefit/allowance is replaced by a tax scheme with family splitting. The resulting changes in labour supply are surprisingly small, even for women. Welfare eﬀects are also modest, but diﬀer for husbands and wives.
Beblo, Miriam, Denis Beninger and François Laisney (2003), Family Tax Splitting: A Microsimulation of its Potential Labour Supply and Intra-household Welfare Effects in Germany, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 03-32, Mannheim.