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Life-Cycle Theory for Human Beings

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  • Antoine Bommier

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    (GREMAQ - Groupe de recherche en économie mathématique et quantitative - CNRS : UMR5604 - Université des Sciences Sociales - Toulouse I - Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) - INRA : UMR)

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Human beings are sure to die but do not know when they will die. This paper proposes a general formulation of life cycle theory that accounts for these two fundamental aspects of human life. We stress in particular the role of intertemporal correlation aversion which it is a key concept to understand the role of mortality risks in intertemporal choices.

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  1. Antoine Bommier & Bertrand Villeneuve, 2010. "Risk Aversion and the Value of Risk to Life," CER-ETH Economics working paper series 10/133, CER-ETH - Center of Economic Research (CER-ETH) at ETH Zurich.
  2. Antoine Bommier, 2006. "Mortality, Time Preference and Life-Cycle Models," Working Papers hal-00441888, HAL.

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