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Family Altruism with Renewable Resource and Population Growth

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  • THIERRY BRECHET
  • STEPHANE LAMBRECHT

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In an overlapping-generations model with non-constant population growth, households own a natural renewable resource and have a family-altruism resource bequest motive. The natural resource can be either extracted and sold to firms, or bequeathed to children to increase their adult disposable income. Numerical applications show how family altruism interplays with population growth to shape the whole economy. The role of altruism in the case of two negative demographic shocks shows that the pressure on the natural resource is not necessarily reduced when population size is lower. Transmission mechanisms between generations and general equilibrium effects can yield unexpected outcomes. In particular, family altruism can lead either to preserve or to waste the resource.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Mathematical Population Studies.

Volume (Year): 16 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 60-78

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Handle: RePEc:taf:mpopst:v:16:y:2009:i:1:p:60-78

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Keywords: overlapping generations; population growth; renewable resource;

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  1. Stéphane Lambrecht & Philippe Michel & Emmanuel Thibault, 2006. "Capital Accumulation and Fiscal Policy in an OLG Model with Family Altruism," Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 8(3), pages 465-486, 08.
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  1. Bréchet, Thierry & Lambrecht, Stéphane, 2011. "Renewable resource and capital with a joy-of-giving resource bequest motive," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 33(4), pages 981-994.
  2. Lars Kunze, 2009. "Capital Taxation, Long-run Growth, and Bequests," Ruhr Economic Papers 0113, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.

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