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Bequest Motives, Social Security, and Economic Growth

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  • Zhang, Junsen
  • Zhang, Junxi

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This article conducts a systematic analysis of four bequest motives in a simple model of endogenous growth. It analyzes how bequest motives affect fertility, savings, growth, and the effects of pay-as-you-go Social Security. It is found that altruistic and exchange motives give equivalent outcomes if the discount factors are set the same. The outcome under the joy-of-giving motive may involve a higher bequest ratio, higher saving, and better growth rates than that under altruism. If bequests are accidental, the equilibrium values will depend on the probability of survival. Moreover, the results provide testable implications on bequest motives. Copyright 2001 by Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

Volume (Year): 39 (2001)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 453-66

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Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:39:y:2001:i:3:p:453-66

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  1. Blackburn, Keith & Cipriani, Giam Pietro, 2005. "Intergenerational transfers and demographic transition," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 78(1), pages 191-214, October.
  2. Kazutoshi Miyazawa, 2005. "Growth and Inequality: A Demographic Explanation," STICERD - Distributional Analysis Research Programme Papers 75, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, LSE.
  3. Futagami, Ritsuko & Kamada, Kimiyoshi & Sato, Takashi, 2006. "Bequest motives and fertility decisions," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 92(3), pages 348-352, September.
  4. Yang, Zaigui, 2005. "Pay-As-You-Go Public Pension Systems: Two-Sided Altruism and Endogenous Growth," MPRA Paper 18623, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Francisco Climent Diranzo & Robert Meneu Gaya, . "Relaciones de equilibrio entre demografía y crecimiento económico en España," Studies on the Spanish Economy 163, FEDEA.

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