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Prodigality And Myopia-Two Rationales For Social Security

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  • PIERRE PESTIEAU
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Among the rationales for social security, there is the fact that some people have to be forced to save. To explain undersaving, rational prodigality and hyperbolic preferences are often cited but treated separably. In this paper we study those two particular behaviors that lead to forced saving within an optimal income tax second-best setting. Copyright � 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation � 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and The University of Manchester.

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Volume (Year): 76 (2008)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
Pages: 629-652

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Handle: RePEc:bla:manchs:v:76:y:2008:i:6:p:629-652

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Cited by:
  1. CREMER, Helmuth & PESTIEAU, Pierre, 2010. "Myopia, redistribution and pensions," CORE Discussion Papers 2010038, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  2. CREMER, Helmuth & DE DONDER, Philippe & MALDONADO, Dario & PESTIEAU, Pierre, 2006. "Designing a linear pension scheme with forced savings and wage heterogeneity," CORE Discussion Papers 2006047, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).

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