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Risk Sharing and Growth in the Gifts Economy

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  • Atsue Mizushima

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    (Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University)

  • Keiichi Koda

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    (International Graduate School of Social Science Graduate School of Economics, Yokohama National University)

Abstract

We consider a two-period overlapping generations model where agents face the uncertainty of intergenerational transfers from their children. To avoid this kind of risk, agents have an incentive to share the risk within the same generation. However, there exists an information asymmetry about the realization of the old periodfs income between the insurance company and old agents. By analyzing economies with and without risk sharing, we find that risk sharing decreases the rate of economic growth and accelerates social welfare when the rate of social time preference is sufficiently large.

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Paper provided by Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) in its series Discussion Papers in Economics and Business with number 07-02.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2007
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Handle: RePEc:osk:wpaper:0702

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Keywords: gifts economy; risk sharing; information asymmetry; economic growth; overlapping generations;

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