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Capital accumulation and fiscal policy in an OLG model with family altruism

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  • LAMBRECHT, Stéphane
  • MICHEL, Philippe
  • THIBAULT, Emmanuel

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The idea of family altruism is that parents care only about their children's income and not about the use of this income made by the children. First, we establish dynamical properties which place the OLG model with family altruism halfway between the model with pure life-cyclers (Diamond (1965)) and the one with dynastic altruism (Barro (1974)). Then, we show that this concept leads to interesting fiscal policy conclusions less clear-cut and more realistic than those obtained with the two previous standard OLG models: a pay as you go social security is neutral but not a public debt.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2005027.

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Keywords: altruism; fiscal policy; equilibrium;

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  1. BRECHET, Thierry & LAMBRECHT, Stéphane, . "Family altruism with renewable resource and population growth," CORE Discussion Papers RP -2094, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  2. Kirill Borissov & Stéphane Lambrecht, 2011. "Education, Wage Inequality and Growth," Working Papers hal-00955684, HAL.
  3. Seghir, Abdelkrim & Salem, Sherif, 2010. "In nitely-lived agents via two-sided altruism," MPRA Paper 31379, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. 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.
  5. Michel, Philippe & Thibault, Emmanuel & Vidal, Jean-Pierre, 2006. "Intergenerational altruism and neoclassical growth models," Handbook on the Economics of Giving, Reciprocity and Altruism, Elsevier.
  6. Kirill Borissov, 2013. "The Rich and the Poor in a Simple Model of Growth and Distribution," EUSP Deparment of Economics Working Paper Series Ec-06/13, European University at St. Petersburg, Department of Economics.
  7. Kunze, Lars, 2014. "Life expectancy and economic growth," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 39(PA), pages 54-65.
  8. Kunze, Lars, 2012. "Funded social security and economic growth," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 115(2), pages 180-183.
  9. Schwarz, Mordechai E. & Sheshinski, Eytan, 2007. "Quasi-hyperbolic discounting and social security systems," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 51(5), pages 1247-1262, July.
  10. 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.
  11. Lars Kunze, 2012. "Like Father, Like Son: Inheriting and Bequeathing," Ruhr Economic Papers 0318, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.

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