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Pensions with heterogenous individuals and endogenous fertility

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  • Helmuth Cremer

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  • Firouz Gahvari

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  • Pierre Pestieau

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This paper studies the design of pension schemes in a society where fertility is endogenous and parents differ in their ability to raise children. In a world with perfect information, a pay-as-you-go social security system is characterized by equal pensions for all but different contributions which may or may not increase with the number of children. Additionally, fertility must be subsidized at the margin to correct for the externality that accompanies fertility. In a world of asymmetric information, incentive-related distortions supplement the Pigouvian subsidy. These may either require an additional subsidy or an offsetting tax on fertility depending on whether the redistribution is towards people with more or less children. In the former case, pensions are decreasing in the number of children; in the latter case, they are increasing."

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Population Economics.

Volume (Year): 21 (2008)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 961-981

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Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:21:y:2008:i:4:p:961-981

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Keywords: Pay-as-you-go social security; Endogenous fertility; Redistribution; H55; J13;

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  1. Gaggermeier, Christian, 2006. "Pension and children : Pareto improvement with heterogeneous preferences," IAB Discussion Paper 200603, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].
  2. CREMER, Helmuth & GAHVARI, Firouz & PESTIEAU, Pierre, . "Pensions with endogenous and stochastic fertility," CORE Discussion Papers RP -1928, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  3. Meier, Volker & Wrede, Matthias, 2010. "Pensions, fertility, and education," Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, Cambridge University Press, vol. 9(01), pages 75-93, January.
  4. Yew, Siew Ling & Zhang, Jie, 2013. "Socially optimal social security and education subsidization in a dynastic model with human capital externalities, fertility and endogenous growth," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 37(1), pages 154-175.
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  6. PESTIEAU, Pierre & PONTHIÈRE, Grégory & SATO, Motohiro, 2006. "Longevity and Pay-as-you-Go pensions," CORE Discussion Papers 2006054, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  7. CREMER, Helmuth & GAHVARI, Firouz & PESTIEAU, Pierre, 2010. "Fertility, human capital accumulation, and the pension system," CORE Discussion Papers 2010054, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  8. Vincenzo Galasso & Roberta Gatti & Paola Profeta, 2009. "Investing for the old age: pensions, children and savings," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 16(4), pages 538-559, August.
  9. Bas Groezen & Lex Meijdam, 2008. "Growing old and staying young: population policy in an ageing closed economy," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 21(3), pages 573-588, July.
  10. Tatsuya Omori, 2009. "Effects of public education and social security on fertility," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 22(3), pages 585-601, July.
  11. 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).

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