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Transfers and the Terms of Trade in an Overlapping Generations Model

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  • Emily T. Cremers

    (National University of Singapore)

  • Partha Sen

    (Delhi School of Economics)

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This paper explores the steady state welfare implications of permanent transfers in a two-country, two-sector overlapping generations model. At the golden rule and with Walrasian stability, we demonstrate that the change in the (static) terms of trade always works in favor of a transfer paradox. The conditions under which the transfer paradox is obtained are independent of factor intensity rankings and also whether the donor or recipient has the higher savings propensity. In contrast, conditions under which a change in the intertemporal terms of trade delivers a Pareto-improving transfer depend upon both of the above and also on the initial position of the world capital-labor ratio relative to the golden rule.

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Paper provided by Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics in its series Working papers with number 138.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2005
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Handle: RePEc:cde:cdewps:138

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Keywords: Transfer paradox; Pareto-improving transfers; two-sector overlapping generations model;

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  1. Cremers, Emily T., 2006. "Dynamic efficiency in the two-sector overlapping generations model," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 30(11), pages 1915-1936, November.

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