Frederic Vermeulen (1974) is a professor of economics at the Department of Economics of the University of Leuven. He is also an international research fellow of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, CentER (Tilburg University), and IZA. His fields of interest are the economics of the family with a focus on demand analysis and labour supply. He has published in journals like Econometrica, American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Theory, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Econometrics and Operations Research.

He joined IZA as a research fellow in May 2005.

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IZA Discussion Paper No. 11205

We document considerable within-person (over time) variation in diet quality that is not fully explained by responses to fluctuations in the economic environment. We propose a two-selves model that provides a structural interpretation to this variation, in which food choices are a compromise between a healthy and an unhealthy self,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10242

We propose a novel structural method to empirically identify economies of scale in household consumption. We assume collective households with consumption technologies that define the public and private nature of expenditures through Barten scales. Our method recovers the technology by solely exploiting preference information revealed by households' consumption behavior. The...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9843

Do individuals divorce for economic reasons? Can we measure the attractiveness of new matches in the marriage market? We answer these questions using a structural model of the household and a rich panel dataset from Malawi. We propose a model of the household with consumption, production and revealed preference conditions...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9001

The implementation of Gary Becker's (1965) time allocation model is hampered by the fact that values of the different time uses are usually not observed. In practice, one often assumes that the value of time is uniform across time uses by using market wages. This approach implies a fundamental identification...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8070

We develop a novel framework to analyze the structural implications of the marriage market for household consumption patterns. We start by defining a revealed preference characterization of efficient household consumption when the marriage is stable. In particular, stability means that the marriage matching is individually rational and has no blocking...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6571

We propose a method to identify bounds (i.e. set identification) on the sharing rule for a general collective household consumption model. Unlike the effects of distribution factors, it is well known that the level of the sharing rule cannot be uniquely identified without strong assumptions on preferences across households of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6266

In the tradition of Afriat (1967), Diewert (1973) and Varian (1982), we provide a revealed preference characterisation of the representative consumer. Our results are simple and complement those of Gorman (1953, 1961), Samuelson (1956) and others. They can also be applied to data very readily and without the need for...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5190
published in: American Economic Review, 2012, 102 (17), 3377-3405

We propose a collective labor supply model with household production that generalizes an original model of Blundell, Chiappori and Meghir (2005). In our model, adults' individual preferences do not only depend on own leisure and individual private consumption of market goods. They also depend on the consumption of domestic goods,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4272
published in IZA Journal of Labor Economics, 2014, 3 (11).

It is unlikely that husbands and wives always agree on exactly what public goods to buy. Nor do they necessarily agree on how many hours to work with obvious consequences for the household budget. We therefore model consumption and labor supply behavior of a couple in a non-cooperative setting by...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3794
published in: Journal of Economic Theory, 2010, 145(3), 1142-1163.

We provide a nonparametric 'revealed preference' characterization of rational household behavior in terms of the collective consumption model, while accounting for general (possibly non-convex) individual preferences. We establish a Collective Axiom of Revealed Preference (CARP), which provides a necessary and sufficient condition for data consistency with collective rationality. Our main...

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