Gerontocracy Revisited: Unilateral Transfer to the Young May Benefit the Middle-aged
AbstractAccording to conventional wisdom, intergenerational transfers can survive, in the absence of altruism, only if the old are net recipients. I prove that this need not hold in an overlapping generations model with a fixed factor. For example, the middle-aged owning land may gain by providing public education even when they cannot tax the young and when the young face no credit market constraints. This requires that labor is not mobile. Furthermore, establishing public education may benefit only the generation which pays for education twice, first for itself and then for the next generation.
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Date of creation: 22 May 2002
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- Poutvaara, Panu, 2004. "Gerontocracy revisited: unilateral transfer to the young may benefit the middle-aged," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 88(1-2), pages 161-174, January.
- Panu Poutvaara, 2001. "Gerontocracy Revisited. Unilateral Transfer to the Young May Benefit the Middle-Aged," CESifo Working Paper Series 500, CESifo Group Munich.
- O15 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
- J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
- I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
- C00 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - General
- J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion
- H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education
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