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Altruism, Paternalism and Transfers

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  • Jérôme Ballet
  • Philippe Meral
  • Dawidson Razafimahatolotra

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Discussions regarding the form that state transfers should take generally focus on the relative efficiency of transfers in kind vis-á-vis transfers in cash. This article, however, proposes a different approach - to determine the optimal structure of a donation, i.e. its optimal composition. Hence, the problem no longer lies in attempting to figure out whether a donation in kind is either more or less efficient than a donation in cash, but rather, to determine, through various hypotheses relative to the agent's behaviour, the most preferable structure for the donor.

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Article provided by University of Economics, Prague in its journal Prague Economic Papers.

Volume (Year): 2009 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 267-282

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