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On the design of an optimal transfer schedule with time inconsistent preferences

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  • Juan Carlos Chavez-Martin del Campo

    () (Universidad de Guanajuato and Centro de Estudios de las Finanzas Publicas)

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This paper incorporates the phenomenon of time inconsistency into the problem of designing an optimal transfer schedule under income shocks and asymmetric information. The optimal solution reflects the dilemma that a principal has to face when playing the roles of self-control enforcer and consumption smoother simultaneously.

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  • Juan Carlos Chavez-Martin del Campo, 2008. "On the design of an optimal transfer schedule with time inconsistent preferences," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 8(5), pages 1-7.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-08h00003
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    Keywords

    Time Inconsistency;

    JEL classification:

    • H0 - Public Economics - - General
    • D9 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics

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