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Family Versus Public Solidarity: Theory and Experiment

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  • Güth, W.
  • Sutter, M.
  • Verbon, H.A.A.
  • Weck-Hannemann, H.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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We present an overlapping generations model with two families who can guarantee old age support either by intra-family transfers from child to parent or via a tax-financed public pension system encompassing both families.We derive the individually and family-specific optimal decisions and present some more behavioristic hypotheses.Our experimental observations allow conclusions on (1) whether raising taxes crowds out voluntary transfers, (2) how income distributions influence family and public solidarity, and (3) whether participants prefer more to less public solidarity.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2001-86.

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  1. Werner Güth & Sabine Strauß & Matthias Sutter, 2002. "Tax evasion and state productivity – An experimental study," Papers on Strategic Interaction 2002-37, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Strategic Interaction Group.

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