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Intergenerational Transmission of Skills during Childhood and Optimal Public Policy

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  • Alessandra Casarico
  • Luca Micheletto
  • Alessandro Sommacal

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The paper characterizes the optimal tax policy and the optimal quality of day care services in a OLG model with warm-glow altruism where parental choices over child care arrangements affect the probability that the child becomes a high-skilled adult in a type-specific way. With respect to previous contributions, optimal tax formulas include type-specific Pigouvian terms which correct for the intergenerational externality in human capital accumulation. Our numerical simulations suggest that a public policy that disregards the effects of parental time on children's human capital entails a welfare loss that ranges from 0:2% to 5:7% of aggregate consumption.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 3343.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_3343

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Keywords: optimal taxation; day care quality; intergenerational transmission of skills; early childhood environment; warm-glow;

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  1. Francesca Carta, 2013. "Investing in the youngest: the optimal child care policy," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) 180, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

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