Overlapping Generations Models of an Age-Group Society: The Rendille of Northern Kenya
AbstractThis paper makes five contributions to the modeling of societies organized primarily according to age. First, it models the social rules adhered to by a particular age-group society, the Rendille of Northern Kenya. Second, it shows that their age-group rules are well represented by the standard overlapping generations (OLG) model. Third, we develop a genealogical OLG model that closely captures lifecycle transitions and lineages. Fourth, despite heterogeneity in the timing of marriage and birthing, the model can be calibrated using aggregate data. Fifth, the model permits an analysis of institutions that reveals the intergenerational conflicts between the lineages in changing the social rules
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Overlapping Generations Model; Age-Group Societies; Institutions; Political Economy;
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- J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
- J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
- O1 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
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- NEP-AFR-2007-01-13 (Africa)
- NEP-ALL-2007-01-13 (All new papers)
- NEP-DEV-2007-01-13 (Development)
- NEP-DGE-2007-01-13 (Dynamic General Equilibrium)
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