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The Political Economy of Intergenerational Cooperation

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  • Alessandro Cigno

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1. Introduction - 2. A normative benchmark. 2.1 Consumption and fertility in the spirit of J.S. Mill. 2.2. Consumption and fertility in the spirit of J. Bentham. 2.3. Normative implications of altruism - 3. The market. 3.1. A life-cycle model. 3.2 A dynastic model .- 4. The family. 4.1 Political economy of the family. 4.1.1. Family constitutions. 4.1.2 Picking a constitution. 4.2. Altruism within the family. 4.3 Heterogeneity, uncertainty, and the demand for attention - 5. Public transfers and population policy. 5.1. The state and the market. 5.2. The state, the market and the family - 6. Education. 6.1. Market equilibrium and education policy. 6.2 Families again - 7. Uncertainty and hidden actions. 7.1. Parents as government agents. 7.2. The government as principal. 7.3. Child bene…ts, scholarships and pensions. - 8 Political acceptability. 8.1. A social compact? 8.2. Direct democracy. 8.2.1. Voting over pensions. 8.2.2. Voting over the public debt. 8.3. Representative democracy. 8.3.1. Lobbying for pensions. 8.3.2. Lobbying for pensions and education.subsidies - 9. Conclusion - References.

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Paper provided by CHILD - Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic economics - ITALY in its series CHILD Working Papers with number wp05_03.

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Length: 69 pages
Date of creation: May 2003
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Keywords: Intergenerational Cooperation; Political Economy; Family; Pensions;

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  1. Michele Boldrin & Ana Montes, 2009. "Assessing the efficiency of public education and pensions," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 22(2), pages 285-309, April.
  2. J. Ignacio Conde-Ruiz & Eduardo L. Gimenez & Mikel Perez-Nievas, 2006. "Millian Efficiency with Endogenous Fertility," Documentos de trabajo - Analise Economica 0037, IDEGA - Instituto Universitario de Estudios e Desenvolvemento de Galicia.
  3. Ana Fernandes, 2011. "Altruism, labor supply and redistributive neutrality," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 24(4), pages 1443-1469, October.
  4. Birchenall, Javier A. & Soares, Rodrigo R., 2007. "Altruism, Fertility, and the Value of Children: Health Policy Evaluation and Intergenerational Welfare," IZA Discussion Papers 2783, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  5. Wolff, François-Charles, 2006. "Les transferts ascendants au Bangladesh, une décision familiale?," L'Actualité Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, vol. 82(1), pages 271-316, mars-juin.
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