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Overlapping Generations Models of Graded Age-Group Societies: Economics Meets Ethnography

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Across much of the world tribal societies are organized into age groups. In these age-group societies, social and economic relations between individuals are regulated by well-established rules governing transitions through the lifecycle. In this paper we detail the relationship between the classic formulations in Stewart's (1977) "Fundamentals of Age-Group Systems" and the overlapping generations (OLG) model. We establish that OLG models can accurately represent a large subset of actual age-group societies called graded age-set societies. Thus, an OLG model bears a close resemblance to reality.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Victoria in its series Department Discussion Papers with number 0102.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 06 Jul 2001
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Handle: RePEc:vic:vicddp:0102

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Keywords: age sets; graded age-group systems; lifecycle; overlapping generations model;

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