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On the design of an optimal transfer schedule with time inconsistent preferences

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  • Juan Carlos Chavez-Martin del Campo

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    (Universidad de Guanajuato and Centro de Estudios de las Finanzas Publicas)

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This paper incorporates the phenomenon of time inconsistency into the problem of designing an optimal transfer schedule under income shocks and asymmetric information. The optimal solution reflects the dilemma that a principal has to face when playing the roles of self-control enforcer and consumption smoother simultaneously.

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Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

Volume (Year): 8 (2008)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 1-7

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