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Intergenerational Transfers and Private Savings: An Experimental Study


  • van der Heijden, Eline C M, et al


This paper presents the results of an overlapping-generations experiment on the individual choice between transfers and savings. One dominant finding of the authors' experiment is that, if savings are possible, individuals choose to (gradually) opt out of the intergenerational transfer system. In this case, the average individual payoffs are lower but their distribution among individuals is less volatile. The willingness to give to previous generations does not disappear completely, however. Moreover, the degree of cohesion between successive generations does not diminish significantly after the introduction of the savings option. Coauthors are Jan H. M. Nelissen, Jan J. M. Potters, and Harrie A. A. Verbon. Copyright 1997 by WWZ and Helbing & Lichtenhahn Verlag AG

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  • van der Heijden, Eline C M, et al, 1997. "Intergenerational Transfers and Private Savings: An Experimental Study," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 50(2), pages 207-220.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:kyklos:v:50:y:1997:i:2:p:207-20

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    1. Hoffmann, Johannes & Homburg, Stefan, 1990. "Explaining the Rise and Decline of the Dollar," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 43(1), pages 53-68.
    2. Meese, Richard, 1990. "Currency Fluctuations in the Post-Bretton Woods Era," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 4(1), pages 117-134, Winter.
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    1. Artidiatun Adji & James Alm & Paul J. Ferraro, 2009. "Experimental tests of Ricardian equivalence with distortionary versus nondistortionary taxes," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 29(4), pages 2556-2572.

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