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Optimal Family Policy in the Presence of Moral Hazard when the Quantity and Quality of Children are Stochastic

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  • Alessandro Cigno
  • Annalisa Luporini

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We examine the second-best family policy under the assumption that both the number and the future earning capacities of the children born to a couple are random variables with probability distributions conditional on unobservable parental actions. Potential parents take their decisions without taking into account the effects of these actions on the government's future tax revenue. The second-best policy provides parents with credit and insurance, and allows them to appropriate the external benefits of their actions. (JEL Codes: D13, D78, D82, H31, J13) Copyright The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Ifo Institute for Economic Research, Munich. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com, Oxford University Press.

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Volume (Year): 57 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 349-364

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Handle: RePEc:oup:cesifo:v:57:y:2011:i:2:p:349-364

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  1. PESTIEAU, Pierre & PONTHIERE, Grégory, 2011. "Childbearing age, family allowances and social security," CORE Discussion Papers 2011059, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  2. Pierre Pestieau & Grégory Ponthière, 2011. "Childbearing Age, Family Allowances and Social Security," Working Papers hal-00612613, HAL.

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