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Dynasties And Destiny: On The Roles Of Altruism And Impatience In The Evolution Of Consumption And Bequests

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  • Stark, Oded
  • Falk, Ita

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We study the joint role of altruism and impatience, and the impact of evolution in the formation of long-term time preferences and in the determination of optimal consumption and optimal bequests. We show how the consumption paths of dynasties relate to altruism and to impatience, and we reason that long-lived dynasties will be characterized by a higher degree of altruism and a lower degree of impatience than short-lived dynasties.

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Paper provided by University of Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF) in its series Discussion Papers with number 18749.

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Date of creation: 2001
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  1. Michel, Philippe & Thibault, Emmanuel & Vidal, Jean-Pierre, 2004. "Intergenerational altruism and neoclassical growth models," Working Paper Series 0386, European Central Bank.
  2. Agarwal, Bina, 2009. "Rule making in community forestry institutions: The difference women make," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 68(8-9), pages 2296-2308, June.
  3. Stark, Oded & Wang, Yong, 2004. "The Intergenerational Overlap and Human Capital Formation," Economics Series 152, Institute for Advanced Studies.
  4. MICHEL, Philippe & PESTIEAU, Pierre, 2002. "Fiscal policy with agents differing in altruism and in ability," CORE Discussion Papers 2002049, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  5. SAVVATEEV, Alexei & STARK, Oded, 2005. "An evolutionary explanation for the propensity to migrate," CORE Discussion Papers 2005038, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  6. Werner Güth & Kurt-Dieter Koschmieder & M. Vittoria Levati & Ev Martin, 2005. "How to Preserve a Fortune: An Experimental Comparison of Foundations and Direct Transfers to the Heir," Papers on Strategic Interaction 2005-33, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Strategic Interaction Group.

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